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Submitted By: Benjamin Chapman on May 26, 2011
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The Ishtar/Babel Massiff from the west.

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The Temple of Ishtar is the second largest of the formations at Texas Canyon and the western most major formation at Texas Canyon. The Temple of Ishtar is a two minute walk over the ridge and down the hill, to the west, from the base of The Chicken (Hyperion Slab) and the southern entrance to The Canyon. While the Temple of Ishtar appears low angle and slabby from the east, the west and southwest faces offer bolted routes on steep knobby walls.


Getting There 

From the parking area, walk up the dirt road past the white gate for ~ 100 yds until the crag comes into view. Take the trail, on the right, that diagonals down toward the large formation with the caves on its east face. Skirt the large formation with the caves, to the left (south). Once the trail levels off continue west around the southern end of the huge slab and past the opening to The Canyon and over the ridge to the west. The large slabby formation furthest south is the Temple of Ishtar. Continue downhill along the southern edge of Temple of Ishtar's southwest face. The climbs are on the face to the right.


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Featured Route For Temple of Ishtar
Enjoying the incredible knobs and pockets on "Heart & Sole."

Heart and Sole 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  CA : Los Angeles Basin : ... : Temple of Ishtar
Heart & Sole pulls the overhang, ten feet right (downhill) from the heart shaped depression. High step the shelf under the bulge while pulling a shallow scoop, to reach a match on a knob and the 1st bolt. Continue up the face on pockets and knobs. Climb through the left side of a large reddish depression and pull the steep headwall on small pockets. Pull a final move on a slab to the anchor....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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The south face of the Temple of Ishtar.
The south face of the Temple of Ishtar.
The west face of the Temple of Ishtar.
The west face of the Temple of Ishtar.
Checking out the south face of the Temple of Ishtar.
Checking out the south face of the Temple of Ishta...
A party climbing on the Temple of Ishtar.
A party climbing on the Temple of Ishtar.
The Temple of Ishtar, from the SW.
The Temple of Ishtar, from the SW.
Flakes, cobbles, knobs, and pockets galore at the toe of the SW buttress on the Temple of Ishtar.
Flakes, cobbles, knobs, and pockets galore at the ...
Temple of Ishtar.
Temple of Ishtar.
On the west face of the Temple of Ishtar.
On the west face of the Temple of Ishtar.
Southeastern aspect of the Temple of Ishtar/Tower of Babel complex.
Southeastern aspect of the Temple of Ishtar/Tower ...
A unique hueco or solution pocket at the base of the west face of the Tower of Babel (aka the Ten Gallon Hat).
A unique hueco or solution pocket at the base of t...
Beavertail Cactus in nice spring bloom.
Beavertail Cactus in nice spring bloom.
Getting established on the initial slab of the Heart Wall.
Getting established on the initial slab of the Hea...
Enjoying the featured stone on the Temple of Ishtar.
Enjoying the featured stone on the Temple of Ishta...
The south face of the Temple of Ishtar in profile.
The south face of the Temple of Ishtar in profile.
The steep lower off on the south face of the Temple of Ishtar.
The steep lower off on the south face of the Templ...
Dixieland
Dixieland
Mining choss on the west face of the Temple of Ishtar.
Mining choss on the west face of the Temple of Ish...
The amazing heart-like feature at the base of the west face of the Temple of Ishtar.
The amazing heart-like feature at the base of the ...
The vast expanse of knobs, pockets, and inclusions, on "Dixieland," on the Temple of Ishtar.
The vast expanse of knobs, pockets, and inclusions...
The south face.
The south face.
On the Heart Wall.
On the Heart Wall.
Ravens nest on the south face of the Temple of Ishtar.
Ravens nest on the south face of the Temple of Ish...
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By Spider Savage
Dec 17, 2013

Why this formation is named "Temple of Ishtar"

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishtar

By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Jan 6, 2014

The Babylonian goddess of fertility, love, war, and sex. She's rock hard and impressive, just like the Temple of Ishtar formation. Impressive. This formation will likely change names, to the "Ten Gallon Hat," in the rumored future guidebook to a Texas Canyon.