Sphinx Lakes, Kings Canyon National Park

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Notes of this hike

Roads End

Water at the trailhead of Road's End

The ranger's house at the trailhead

Trailhead


The trail

The flat part

The flat part

Paradise Valley junction


The bridges

The bridges

The bridges

The bridges


The bridges

The bridges

The bridges


The bridges

The bridges

The bridges

The bridges


Beginning of the switchbacks

The sphinx

The sphinx

The switchbacks


The switchbacks

The switchbacks

The switchbacks

The switchbacks


The switchbacks

Bridge over the Sphinx Creek

Junction with Avalanche Pass trail

Junction with Avalanche Pass trail


Junction with Avalanche Pass trail

Junction with Avalanche Pass trail

Junction with Avalanche Pass trail

Junction with Avalanche Pass trail


Junction with Avalanche Pass trail

Chipmunk

Deer on the trail

Sphinx


Kings Canyon at sunrise

Deer on the trail

A whole family of deer

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or continue below for the Sphinx Lakes

On the Avalanche Pass/Sphinx Creek trail


The rapids along Sphinx trail

Series of waterfalls and rapids along Sphinx Creek trail

The Sphinx rapids

The rapids from the Sphinx trail


The Sphinx Creek trail

The Sphinx

Sphinx rapids

The pyramid in front of it


The pyramid in front of it

Sphinx rapids

Sphinx rapids

Sphinx rapids


Sphinx rapids

Sphinx rapids

Sphinx rapids

Sphinx rapids


Sphinx rapids

Sphinx rapids


The Avalanche Pass trail before the forest

The Avalanche Pass trail before the forest

The Avalanche Pass trail before the forest

The Avalanche Pass trail before the forest


The Avalanche Pass trail before the forest

The Avalanche Pass trail before the forest

The Avalanche Pass trail before the forest


The trail in the forest

The trail in the forest

The trail in the forest


The trail in the forest

Where to leave the trail

Where to leave the trail

After leaving the trail


The northern tributary

Crossing the tributary

First creek crossing after leaving the trail


Up the river of boulders

Up the river of boulders

After the river of boulders back into the forest towards Lake 1


The forest before the meadow

The forest before the meadow

The forest before the meadow

The forest before the meadow


The meadow

The meadow

Waterfall

Flowers


Above the meadow

Above the meadow

Above the meadow


Approaching Lake 1

The view behind

Lake 1


Sphinx 1

Sphinx 1

The marshy side of the lake

Still the first lake


Up the tallus

The view behind us


Above Lake 1 (North Guard visible in the middle)

Lake 1

Lake 1

To Lake 2


Sphinx 2

Above lake 2

Above lake 2

Above Sphinx 2 to the southwest


Above Sphinx 2 to the southeast

Sphinx 2 from above

Lake 2 from above

Lake 2 from above


The wall above Lake 2

View from the top of the wall

Towards the twin lakes


Towards the twin lakes

Sliced granite

Looking up (south) from Lake 3 (to Sphinx Pass stay to the right of the little black pyramid


To Lake 3

To Lake 3

To Lake 3

Looking up from Lake 3 towards North Guard


North Guard from above the twin lakes

Marmot staring at the hikers


The twin lakes 3 & 4


Sphinx 2 from above

The Pyramid

At Sphinx 4


The bridge between the lakes

The bridge between the lakes

Lake 3

Crossing the twin lakes


Sphinx 3 from above

The Pyramid

Twin lakes from above

Sphinx 5


Granite slab above Lake 3

The trail on the northern (lower) side of Lake 3

Lake 3

Vestiges of a trail by Lake 3


The hill behind the twin lakes


Lake 3 and 4 (the twin lakes)


The twin lakes


Looking up (south) from Lake 3 (Sphinx Pass is roughly under the lower cloud)


The natural bridge between the lakes

Lake 3 and the abyss we emerged from

The white clouds point to Sphinx Pass (stay to the right of the oblique pyramid)

Exploring the eastern canyon (there are two lakes here, but no access to Sphinx Pass)


The eastern canyon

The eastern canyon

The eastern canyon

Sphinx 8 (lower lake of the eastern canyon)


The eastern canyon

The eastern canyon

Sphinx 9 (upper lake of the eastern canyon, with island and ducks)

The oblique pyramid


Walking to the right of the oblique pyramid (leaving the eastern canyon for the western canyon, which is the one leading to the Sphinx Pass)

Up the western canyon (right of the oblique sphinx). Sphinx Pass is the bottom of the V on the left

Up the western canyon from the twin lakes

Sphinx 3


Sphinx 4

Further up

Above the twin lakes

Above the twin lakes



At Sphinx 5

Sphinx 5

Approaching Sphinx 5 up the western canyon

Submerged stones in Sphinx 5


Sphinx 5

Looking up (south) from Sphinx 5

Sphinx 5


Sphinx 6

Sphinx 6

Sphinx 6

Sphinx 6


Sphinx 5

Sphinx 5

Sphinx 5

Sphinx 6


Sphinx 6

Sphinx 5 behind me

Sphinx 6


The wall above the pond (Sphinx Pass)

Sphinx Pass (you can almost see a natural route on the left hand side)

Sphinx Pass


At the last pond

At the last pond

Sphinx 6

The last pond from above


Sphinx Pass

Sphinx Pass

The very last pond

The very last pond


Sphinx 6 and the Sphinx drainage from above


View of the last little Sphinx lakes from above the last one


Sphinx Pass

Sphinx Pass

Towering on the left handside

The last lakes from further above


Sphinx 6

Sphinx 6 and 5 (and the last pond)

Almost at Sphinx Pass

Almost at Sphinx Pass


Sphinx 6 and 5

Sphinx Pass and in the distance Tunder Mt

Sphinx 6 and 5


Sphinx Pass

The last section to Sphinx Pass

The last section to Sphinx Pass


Sphinx Pass

Sphinx Pass

The very last boulders of Sphinx Pass


Mt Brewer on the other side

Mt Brewer on the other side

The south side of Sphinx Pass


The south side of Sphinx Pass

The south side of Sphinx Pass

The south side of Sphinx Pass

The south side of Sphinx Pass


The south side of Sphinx Pass

The south side of Sphinx Pass

The south side of Sphinx Pass


From Brewer to the Great Western Divide


The lake on the south side of Sphinx Pass and distant views of Thunder Mt and Table Mt

Thunder Mt and Table Mt


Brewer from Sphinx Pass (you need to go around the ridge between the two)

Sphinx Pass

South Guard?

View southwest



The north side (going back down)

The north side (going back down)

The north side (going back down)

Returning from Big Brewer Lake and Avalanche Pass


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(Copyright 2013 Piero Scaruffi | Legal restrictions)
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