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.
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.
Begin as for "Heart & Sole" with a high step on a shelf under the bulge, A difficult pull over the bulge leads to easier climbing on knobs. Clip the 2nd bolt (double runner), then traverse left through a large scoop or depression to clip "Hearts" 2nd bolt. Continue traversing left along the steep headwall to the base of the water course. Climb the water course on pockets and knobs to an anchor on the left....[more]Browse More Classics in CA
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.