Originally we had planned to do some peak bagging while back there, but with the strenuous nature of the hike I though it would be best to not burn Teresa out 2 weeks into our training plan, so we were satisfied with just a great hike into some backcountry lakes.
|Mountain lakes - Never gets old|
|Near the start of the trail|
|The Sphinx. Who wants to climb this obscure formation with me sometime?|
|Heading up the endless switchbacks|
We made pretty good time on the trail and then we veered off the trail to head cross country up a series cirques and drainages to reach Sphinx lakes. I took a wrong turn and we ended up bush-whacking up about a thousand feet of loose sandy garbage, until I spied off in the distance the correct drainage. Oops!
We down climbed some 3rd class choss, and then headed up the correct drainage. By this time, we were both a bit tired and disheartened.
|Teresa ascends the correct drainage|
We reached the first of 3 lakes, rested a bit and continued up.
|In the reeds at the first Sphinx lake|
Then up a talus field, and finally the 3rd lake. 8 miles, 5500' elevation gain and it took us almost 8 hours. The last 2.5 miles took way longer than I had anticipated!
The third Sphinx lake was beautiful, and we set ourselves a nice camp, about an hour before the sun dipped behind the mountains.
|Teresa enjoys a well earned rest!|
|Goodbye Kings's Canyon!|