Ascend into high basin W of Lighthouse Tower. Climb the prominent left-slanting snow finger to the notch just W of the summit. Crampons may be necessary. (In late season there may be a break in the snow finger at a low-angle, left-facing chimney). Some climbers may need to rope up for a short pitch leading to the notch. Ascend directly toward the summit for 70'. There is a bolt to protect a steep friction face (5.6). Then follow a class 2-3 ledge left and up to a belay on a wide level block just below and N of the summit. Climb crack to summit. The rock climb is short, on sound rock, with fairly low exposure. The hike in is very long and strenuous. On a three-day weekend most parties climb The High Priest and Mt. Temple the same day, climbing High Priest first, then doing a low traverse to Mt. Temple. On a two-day weekend an average party will not do both climbs; a strong party can car camp, do Temple the first day, High Priest the second.
Private climb. Contact Ivan Breen if you are interested in joining this climb.
This climb will be combined with a scramble of Enchantment and McClellan Peaks two days before and Prusik the day before. Paricipants must apply for all three climbs.