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This is a gerat wall with awesome rock. The hike is a bit burly and involves some scrambing. My first visit involved Class 5 scrambling. The pic I've included is like class 2/3 depending on how you stay on the rugged "trail." It can be hot in the summer. There are two routes here that are well worth the effort if you are solid on 5.11 crack and corner climbing.
Hike up towards Skull Rock staying on the ridge out of either gullies and break out right about 200 yards down the hill from Skull Rock and head around the east side of the crag up the rocky gully. Work yourself over to the east of Skull Rock below the first short wall in gully. Move to the east side of gully, and move up and left onto top of first little wall. Hoof it up zig-zagging your way around little cliffs to the Temple of Tao. There are a couple cool spots towards the top where some narrow mildly exposed walking ledges will be navigated.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Temple of Tao:
Treacherous 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Heng Chuan Corner 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 170'
Drunken Master 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Dragon Enters the Corner 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b PG13 Trad, 2 pitches, 180'
Vulgar Display of Power 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Trad, 2 pitches, 170'
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Vulgar Display of Power 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c CO : Estes Park Valley : ... : The Temple of Tao
P1. (5.11b) This is a sustained burl fest. One of the best crack climbs in the area outside of Lumpy or Vedauwoo. It takes a steep layback flake to an overhanging fist crack in a right-leaning, right-facing corner. The fist crack turns into hands and a pumpy lieback before the grade eases off. The rock is awesome.Start by climbing a fun 5.6 chimeny onto the top of a little, leaning block. You can also start by scrambling up from the left on easy fifth class to this point. Pull up into a slabby, ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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