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The Elephant Head is the 1st rock formation encountered on the approach to Texas Canyon and by far the largest. This formation is easily distinguished, from the trail, by the large caves on its east face and its huge slabby south face, Hyperion Slab. The majority of the longer climbs at Texas Canyon are located on the south and west faces of the Elephant Head. The Pangea Wall lies on the north face. Its west face forms the east wall of the First Corridor. The formation is about 200 ft. high.
From the parking area on the west side of the road, walk up the road past the locked white gate. When the crag comes into sight, look for a trail on the right that diagonals down to the right. Continue following the dirt track downhill and skirt the large formation with the caves to the left. Hyperion Slab is the huge slab on the south side of the formation, with the roof or overhang on the lower portion.
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Hyperion 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Sport, 2 pitches, 200'
Poke Salad Annie 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Aenea 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 85'
Urban Cowboy 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Amarillo By Morning 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 85'
Yellow Rose of Texas 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 85'
Endymion 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Sport, 2 pitches, 200'
Pretty Good at Drinkin' Beer 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Lonestar 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Brachiation Dance 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ E7 6c Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
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Endymion 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b CA : Los Angeles County : ... : The Elephant Head (& Hyperi...
Holds are thin getting up the first 30 feet. Once you pass the 3rd bolt the rating drops from 5.9 to 5.2 the rest of the way. Belay at about 80ft for the harder sport climb. 2nd pitch is a 5.2 romp up the ridge to the summit for a full rope length....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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