Sphinx Creek

Cedar Grove, California

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The stiff climb from the floor of Kings Canyon to Sphinx Creek may deter the casual hiker, but the wonderful scenery is exceedingly rewarding for those with enough stamina to survive the rugged ascent. Fortunately, most recreationists embarking from Roads End are bound for places other than Sphinx Creek, which makes this trip even more attractive to those looking to escape the customary crowds. Get an early start since this trail’s low elevation and the lack of shade on the ascent makes it a real cooker in the afternoon sun. Cross-country enthusiasts will enjoy a 2- to 3-mile, off-trail extension to the highly scenic Sphinx Lakes.

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"The stiff climb from the floor of Kings Canyon to Sphinx Creek may deter the casual hiker, but the wonderful scenery is exceedingly rewarding for those with enough stamina to survive the rugged ascent. Fortunately, most recreationists embarking from Roads End are bound for places other than Sphinx Creek, which makes this trip even more attractive to those looking to escape the customary crowds. Get an early start since this trail’s low elevation and the lack of shade on the ascent makes it a real cooker in the afternoon sun. Cross-country enthusiasts will enjoy a 2- to 3-mile, off-trail extension to the highly scenic Sphinx Lakes."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Cedar Grove
Distance: 12.4
Elevation Gain: 3,745 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 2 days
Season: Mid-June to November
Local Contacts: Kings Canyon National Park
Local Maps: USGS’s The Sphinx

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