Elevation: 5,000 ft
GPS: 34.227, -117.254 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Kristoffer on Feb 2, 2006 with updates from davidhousky
Admins: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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Description

This south-facing crag overlooks the city far below, and while it tends to be a bit windy, it's still very nice.
The granite is a bit chossy at the base of the cliff due to fire damage, but nothing too serious.

Getting There

Drive Hwy 18 to the Cliffhanger restaurant and park several hundred feet down the road in a large pullout, and then walk along side the road until you see a faint climbers trail leading to the crag.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Sphinx Rock Area (aka The Cliff Hanger)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 11
The Sharp-end Dagger
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 4
Cornered Out
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 5
Tricky Horus of the Twin Horizons
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 12
Queen of Deception
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 3
Sole Food
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 13
Crimp-Tick Combination
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 4
The Bread Loaf
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 8
She Gave Him Blue Bolts
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 5
Sunshine Flurries
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 5
NeuroToxin
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 4
Rock like an Egyptian
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 3
All Hood in the Good
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Sharp-end Dagger Temple Rock > Royal Wall
 11
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Sport
Cornered Out Temple Rock > Inner Temple
 4
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Tricky Horus of the Twin Ho… Temple Rock > Royal Wall
 5
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Queen of Deception Temple Rock > Royal Wall
 12
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Sole Food Temple Rock > Inner Temple
 3
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Crimp-Tick Combination Temple Rock > Inner Temple
 13
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
The Bread Loaf Sphinx Rock > Blue Bolts Wall
 4
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
She Gave Him Blue Bolts Sphinx Rock > Blue Bolts Wall
 8
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Sunshine Flurries Temple Rock > Powermyd Wall
 5
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
NeuroToxin Sphinx Rock > Arrowhead Lookout Wall
 5
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Rock like an Egyptian Temple Rock > Powermyd Wall
 4
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
All Hood in the Good Sphinx Rock > Arrowhead Lookout Wall
 3
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
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What is the approach time from the parking lot to the crag? May 21, 2015
Mikey Wally
Los Angeles, CA
Mikey Wally   Los Angeles, CA
approach time is 1 to 2 minutes Jun 1, 2015
Norman Li
Lake Arrowhead, CA
Norman Li   Lake Arrowhead, CA
What is the beta/ethics for the highline pictured above? More specifically, is it ok to rig? If so, is it bolted? Want to figure out if bringing my highline gear is worth it or not for a weekend home. Apr 20, 2016
Vicken Djiguerian
Los Angeles, CA
Vicken Djiguerian   Los Angeles, CA
Yeah go for it Norman. It's bolted for Highline. 3 point anchor Apr 26, 2016
Ryan U.  
Is Tricky Horus.... a 5.10- or 5.8 as listed? Apr 17, 2017
C Miller   CA  
Ryan, Tricky Horus is 5.8 not 5.10 and well worth doing. Apr 22, 2017
Jack C. Beckley
arcadia ca
Jack C. Beckley   arcadia ca
Had a big group at sphinx rock over the weekend! And the soup saw 3 rattle snakes! Be careful out there, it is prime season for them! May 30, 2017
David Aldama
Running Springs, CA
David Aldama   Running Springs, CA
I would suggest rappelling off most of the anchors at the Cliff Hanger as they are smaller links and less wear and tear would be good for everyone. Jun 17, 2017