In Temple Gate, the playable characters are stuck running down the level's road and can only move left and right between the road's four lanes (akin to the Quick Step). While running, the player can pick up powerups from Item Boxes and utilize the gimmicks native to this track.
Temple Gate has many environmental obstacles which the player can either jump over, roll under or move around. Running into one of these obstacles will result in the player taking damage and lose some of their Rings. Falling into bottomless pits on the other hand forces the player to restart from an earlier point on the track.
The racers begin by running up a large hill, then through a section with many obstacles and a short Conveyor Belt on the outside lane of a turn. The track then goes into four alternating segments of land and Grind Rails, then into a longer Grind Rail segment leading to a series of Dash Panels on the ground. After a short trip across another set of Grind Rails, the racers will run up a large hill with several obstacles, then go over a hurdle and under a wall.
From there, the racers will travel over a short set of Grind Rails and land before going down a large stretch of Grind Rails in front of a shuttle loop. Once outside the loop, the racers will run through another series of alternating land and Grind Rail sections before coming across the final stretch of the track. Some Dash Pads and hurdles are placed here. and the finish line can be found directly ahead.