A bit of a different crag for American Fork Canyon, The Temple isn't overhanging, pocketed, dark rock . Rather, the lines are found on mostly lighter-colored, almost tan limestone with angles ranging from somewhat less than vertical to just overhanging.
The climbing consists of a lot of delicate face movement on small edges, with some arete and dihedral work here and there. Of course, in the few overhanging parts, it's a bit more thuggish.
There are two sections: The "main" wall is to the left of the scree field and the "wave" wall is to the right.
The area is north-facing so it's a good area for summertime climbing as the crag gets very little direct sunlight.
There is no well-defined trail, only an intermittent semi-defined path mostly from animals. The rather heinous approach ascends up the gully below the crag.
Park at the large pullout on the left after the visitors center. Start up directly across the road on the faint trail. Follow the sort-of trail up and then skirt the right side of the talus field you encounter on your left.
Eventually you'll want to transition into the gully below the crag and make your way up, crossing back and forth over loose debris. Watch out for rocks; in the fall once some apparently spontaneous rockfall above the crag sent bowling ball sized rocks crashing down the gully.
Start up in the corner to the left of the slabby face. After the third or fourth bolt leave the relative comfort of the wide corner crack and transition onto the face. Climb up and right through occasionally tenuous moves to a narrow ledge on the arete at the right of the slabby face.Make a move or two upward into the steepening territory above you and get established on the arete. Move quickly as the pump starts to build and follow the arete up and left, with a bit of footwork and muscle requir...[more]Browse More Classics in UT