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Nathan Hays
(oroambulant)

Locale: San Francisco
Sphinx-Longley on 07/26/2012 18:44:37 MDT Print View

Just did Avalanche-Colby-Harrison Pass and loved it.

Now I'm considering four days out of Cedar Grove over Sphinx Pass and Longley Pass with perhaps Mt. Brewer and/or South Guard.

Any kinks I should be aware of?

Elizabeth Tracy
(mariposa) - M

Locale: Outside
High Sierra Topix on 07/27/2012 11:25:13 MDT Print View

Post in the backpacking forum at high sierra topix dot com. Lots of Sierra x-country experts there!

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Sphinx-Longley on 07/27/2012 17:25:25 MDT Print View

"Any kinks I should be aware of?"

Lots of talus around South Guard Lake; pay attention to micro route finding between Sphinx Pass and South Guard Lake. Beyond that, it depends on what you do after you go over Longley Pass. Out and back? Drop down to Lake Reflection/East Lake/Junction Meadow/Bubbs Creek/Roads End? Over Thunder Col to Milly's/Lucy's/Harrison/Forester Pass?

Nathan Hays
(oroambulant)

Locale: San Francisco
Re: Sphinx-Longley on 07/28/2012 10:18:11 MDT Print View

Tom, I will head out through Reflection/East Lake.

Elizabeth, Thanks for the link. Looks interesting!

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Re: Sphinx-Longley on 07/28/2012 15:37:48 MDT Print View

"Tom, I will head out through Reflection/East Lake."

Ah, can't help you there. Have a great trip thru some beautiful country!

Elena B
(elenabo) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
Roads End permit on 08/07/2012 20:24:34 MDT Print View

I'm thinking about doing the same loop from Roads End through Longley Pass - Lake Reflection - Junction Meadow. Does anybody know which Roads End permit one would need to get? Is it for Bubbs Creek trail?

obx hiker
(obxcola) - MLife

Locale: Outer Banks of North Carolina
"Sphinx-Longley" on 08/08/2012 07:23:39 MDT Print View

I only have done research not actual experience so that's a serious qualifier but....... There were some photos posted here a while back of Longley. Stay on the NW side if there's any corniche. Probably not a prob this year but evidently very large and persistent last year. Also the traverse of Lake Reflection along the North shore can be steep. Seems it's best to stay higher well above the lake.

Look forward to a report and photos! :)

Dave T
(DaveT) - F
sphinx.longley on 08/08/2012 09:48:10 MDT Print View

You might want to check out a trip report of mine from a while back; we did a loop from Roads End to Mineral King, and then back via Thunder/Sphinx.
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/reviews/display_reviews?forum_thread_id=24319

I recall it taking a LONG time to get down from Sphinx Pass through the forest and talus and then all those trail switchbacks. But by then we were tired after nine days out, and trying to get to the store in Cedar Grove for beer before it closed. It's super beautiful out there.

Edited by DaveT on 08/08/2012 09:48:45 MDT.