Temple Crag – Moon Goddess

This is one of the area’s great classics, with up to 18 pitches of great climbing, fun exposure, and great position. From the end of the scrambling approach, six or seven fourth and easy fifth class pitches lead to the first real challenge, the first tower, which is passed on the right via an exposed 5.7 traverse. We climb over the tower and descend into the first notch. Above here the route looks very improbable, but we skirt right away from the massive “Ibrium Tower” via a traverse on a quartz ledge. One straight up pitch takes us to a huge jammed block and a great place to relax a while and have lunch. Three pitches, with one rappel, lead up the arête proper to the summit plateau. The summit is a half hour away from the plateau.


For all routes we head down towards the South Fork of Big Pine Creek via faint use trails. We climb over a minor blunt ridge towards Mt. Alice and do a short half-rope length rappel into flat, sandy Contact Pass. For the final section back to the base of the routes we may have snow, which actually makes life easier as it avoids a very loose rock glacier (A rock glacier is a core of ice covered by rock and rubble.) But it is still a glacier so it moves, albeit very slowly.

You can learn more by looking at our unpublished guide to Temple Crag here.

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Our itinerary depends on how many routes you want to do and how long you want to spend in the mountains.

Two Day Trip

We can do a two day trip, where you hike in the first day, then climb and hike out the second; this takes a high level of fitness and efficient climbing.

Three Day Trip

A three day trip would entail hiking in the first day and doing a climb the second day. The third day has two options – you could either hike out the third day, or do another climb then hike out afterwards. Discuss these details when you are setting up your trip.

Four Day Trip

Check out our Temple Crag Classics to learn more about what a four day trip would entail.

Please contact the office to discuss these options and prices.

Program Prerequisites:

You need to be able to follow at the 5.8 level, have experience on multi-pitch routes and be familiar with belaying and rope work. Prior mountain camping experience is recommended as is experience at altitudes above 11,000’. This is a physically demanding trip and you should be in good condition and have the ability to traverse broken and uneven slopes with a moderately heavy pack.

Program Inclusions:

Price includes guiding, permits, group climbing gear, tents, kitchen gear, breakfasts, lunches and dinners (you bring hot/cold drinks and snack items). Scheduled dates include USFS trail fees. Private programs do not. Local accommodation is not included.

Please Read before you go

We feel the following information is essential... (links open as PDF in new window)

  1. Details, itinerary, and equipment list for your trip
    This is our Temple Crag Classics trip information; the gear list and important information will be the same, the itinerary will vary.

  2. SMC Cancellation Policy
  3. Suggestions on preparation - get the most out of your trip!
  4. Tips on physical training for your trip
  5. LNT - Let's work together to protect our precious mountain environment.

PDF Maps:

Temple Crag map

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