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To reach the easternmost Sifford Lake from the Kings Creek Trailhead hikers can follow a trail two and a half miles southeastward.

The trail to Sifford Lakes begins from the Kings Creek Trailhead along Highway 89. The trail follows the same route as the Kings Creek Trail for a half mile then forks southward. From the Kings Creek crossing it is approximately two miles to the first Sifford Lake. At this lake there are dispersed campsites and an overlook of the Hot Springs Creek drainage.

Begin the hike by paralleling Kings Creek along its northern bank. The trail passes through a few small marshy areas then skirts the northern banks of a large meadow. Beyond this meadow the trail turns slightly south toward Kings Creek and a trail junction. Follow the right side of the fork, which continues southward. The trail crosses the creek on a log bridge and leads in a southeasterly direction.

During the next mile the path meanders through a forested area descending only 160 feet. This short walk leads hikers close to the point of a ridge where it descends steeply into Hot Springs Creek canyon. Instead of descending from this ridge the trail traverses the northern side of it then turns southward. As the trail turns southward a spur trail, from the Bench Lake Trail, joins it from the north. The Sifford Lakes Trail then follows the edge of the ridge to the southwest to the first Sifford Lake. This lake lies at 7,100 feet. A faint path from the western side of the lake leads a half mile to the other lakes in the chain.

Directions: From Northwest Entrance, Drive southeast on the park road, Highway 89, 17 miles to the Kings Creek Falls turnout.

Elevation: 7,286 feet

Ending Elevation: 7,100 feet

Usage: Light

Difficulty: Easy

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