The northwest ridge (called the "northwest rib" in the text of the main page for this peak) offers a more enjoyable and direct nontechnical route to the summit of East Temple than the standard route via Temple Pass. It involves light scrambling on beautiful, solid rock in a gorgeous situation above the lakes.
In this view from the outlet of Deep Lake, the northwest ridge route goes up the low sunlit dome at center, mostly following the boundary between sun and shadow. Click on the image to enlarge.
The main peaks in the picture are, left to right, Steeple, East Temple, and Temple.
The route starts from the 10,760-foot saddle between Deep and Temple Lakes, reached via the Little Sandy Trail. There is a small lake in the saddle, with good campsites, which can offer a welcome alternative if Deep Lake is crowded. The route goes up and along the prominent granite dome between East Temple and Temple.
Route shown in red. Click on the image, then click again, for a clearer and slightly larger map.
From the saddle, scramble the crescent-shaped ridge that runs along the cliffs facing Deep Lake and Lake 10602. As it veers to climber's right to approach the summit of the dome, excellent ledges permit you to bypass the dome's crest and scramble across its east face to the saddle between the dome and the main mass of East Temple. The climbing to this point is all class 3 on solid slabs and shelves. Now continue on class 2 terrain to the broad, low angle southwest slopes of East Temple, which funnel you to the top.
On the ridge
A view of the east-side ledges that bypass the top of the dome.
No technical climbing gear is needed.
Scenery on the way up
The northwest ridge provides a closeup vantage point to look at Lost Temple Spire and East Temple's stupendous northwest face.
On the other side, the views of Temple are equally impressive.