Type: Trad, Alpine, 500 ft (152 m), 12 pitches, Grade II
FA: W.G. Yongue (Gerald Yongue) August 19, 1938. Entire East Ridge was done in 1959 and repeated in 1977 by Kennec, Rupert, & Pearson.
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Shared By: Bruce Morris on Aug 6, 2016
Admins: Aron Quiter, Euan Cameron, AWinters, M Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Access Issue: Inyo National Forest Closed Details


The East Ridge can be climbed from the saddle, which is easily accessed from the backside. But the entire East Ridge can be traversed, starting from the unofficial campground at the curve on US 120 along Warren Creek. This second way is a bit loose, but still only 5.7.

It is also possible to continue on past the summit of the Sphinx and down into the saddle on the backside of the formation, and then on up the orange rock ridge to the West - Northwest. Ian Ferguson has done this to the high point of that ridge.


Along the East Ridge of the Sphinx. Approach from the Warren Creek trail head.


Regular rack.