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The Sphinx Rock Climbing 


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Location: 37.55063, -119.63393 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

Absolutely perfect rock quality and flawless features for a truly spectacular looking short climb. Top rope may be set up by a simple scramble around the left side, using a large tree and several cracks. Otherwise, Mark and Shirley Spencer's "Southern Yosemite Rock Climbs" advises friends #1-#3 for protection. The lower jugs can be bouldered for a warm-up, or used as alternative openings to the main climb. Beware the strong-smelling Mountain Misery shrub, which may irritate the skin on exposed ankles.

Several massive boulders stand nearby and dot the trailside en route to the sandy bench another half mile up the trail. No known routes are established on these rocks, however the features are there to make more incredible climbs.

Getting There 

From the Chilnualna Falls trailhead, hike a quarter mile to the Lower Falls, where the trail switches back. Continue following this trail until you link up with the stock trail and forks to continue to the Upper Falls. About 30 yards along the Upper Falls Trail, the Sphinx is the split rock face on the right a few meters off the path, with spots of oddly perfect holds speckling the lower face.

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Weather station 3.5 miles from here

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