Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park

Trails in Death Valley

Badwater Salt Flat

Length: ½ mile to edge, 5 miles across Difficulty: easy Start: Badwater parking area, 17 miles south of Hwy 190 on Badwater Road. Description: Level walk across lowest place in North America. Crust of salt crystals may be covered with temporary lake after rain storms. Watch out for muddy areas. No trail. ...

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Bighorn Gorge

Difficulty: strenuous Type of hike: no trail; walk gravel wash and cross-country, some rock scrambling. Distance: 10 miles from Scotty?s Castle Road to upper dry fall Elevation gain: 4000 feet Water: no Start: 3.9 miles south of Grapevine Ranger Station on Scotty?s Castle Road. Vehicle needed: all vehicles Maps: Tin Mountain and Whitetop Mountain 7.5 minute ...

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Cottonwood-Marble Canyon Loop

Difficulty: strenuous Type of hike: walk dirt road; no trail; gravel wash and cross-country; some brushy areas. Distance: 26 to 30 mile loop Elevation gain: 3000 feet Water: yes in upper Cottonwood Canyon and Deadhorse Canyon. Start: 8 to 10 miles from Stovepipe Wells on Cottonwood Canyon Road Vehicle needed: high-clearance to canyon mouth; 4x4 ...

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Death Valley Buttes

Length: 1.2 mile to top of first butte Difficulty: strenuous Start: Hell?s Gate parking area on Daylight Pass Road. Description: Climb prominent buttes at foot of the Grapevine Mountains. From Hell?s Gate, walk SW ½ mile to buttes. Scramble up ridge to summit of first butte. Second butte is more difficult and ...

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Desolation Canyon Trail

Length: 3 miles, round-trip. Difficulty: moderate Start: parking area at end of ½ mile dirt road off Badwater Road, 3.7 miles south of Hwy 190. Description: Narrow canyon through colorful badlands. Follow old road and then main wash east continuing toward cliffs, then follow the wash draining from the south. Hike up ...

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Fall Canyon

Length: 3 miles, one-way. Difficulty: moderately strenuous Start: Titus Canyon Mouth parking area, 3 miles off Scotty?s Castle Road on graded gravel road. Description: Spectacular wilderness canyon near Titus Canyon. Follow informal path ½ mile north along base of mountains, drop into large wash at canyon's mouth, then hike 2½ miles up ...

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Golden Canyon Trail

Golden Canyon: Hikers entering the narrows of this canyon are greeted by golden badlands within. An interpretive pamphlet is available. Hiking options include either a two-mile round-trip in Golden Canyon, or a four mile loop that returns via Gower Gulch. Trailhead located on Badwater Road. ...

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Gower Gulch Loop

Moderate hike. Colorful badlands, canyon narrows, old borax mines. Hike up Golden Canyon to last numbered trail marker, then take path over badlands to Gower Gulch. Hike up to Zabriskie Point or down gulch to finish loop. Two easy dryfalls must be scrambled down in Gower Gulch. Ask for ...

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Hanaupah Canyon

Difficulty: moderately strenuous Type of hike: walk 4x4 road and gravel wash Distance: 3 miles to spring in south fork Elevation gain: 2200 feet to spring Water: yes Start: park at top of alluvial fan, 5 miles up Hanaupah Canyon Rd. Vehicle needed: high-clearance to mouth of canyon; 4x4 needed beyond Maps: Telescope Peak and Hanaupah ...

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Harmony Borax Works

Harmony Borax Works: Although this borax refinery operated only from 1883 to 1888, it is important as the birthplace of the famous Twenty Mule Teams. Adobe ruins and an original wagon hint at the industrial activity that once was. Interpretive signs along the short, paved trail tell the story. Directions Located ...

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Hole-in-the-Wall

Difficulty: moderate to strenuous Type of hike: no trail; gravel wash and cross-country Distance: 2 to 10 miles Elevation gain: 300 to 1500 feet Water: no Start: Hole-in-the-Wall Vehicle needed: high-clearance to Hole-in-the-Wall; 4x4 beyond Maps: Echo Canyon 7.5 minute topo Comments: Many variations possible. In the large "amphitheater" between Schwaub and Pyramid Peaks many small side ...

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Indian Pass

Difficulty: moderately strenuous Type of hike: no trail; walk gravel wash and cross-country. Distance: 6 miles to springs; 8 miles to pass. Elevation gain: 3000 feet to pass Water: yes, in canyon Start: 6.5 miles north of Furnace Creek Visitor Center on Hwy 190. Vehicle needed: all vehicles Maps: Nevares Peak 7.5 minute topo Comments: Follow wash ...

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Jayhawker Canyon Trail

Start at 3,000 feet elevation sign on Highway 190, 2.3 miles past Emigrant Junction. Walk the 1850 route of '49er pioneers. Some of them signed their names on a large boulder two miles in. Five miles one way, gentle grade to base of Pinto Peak By Mail Death Valley National Park P.O. ...

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Keane Wonder Mine Trail

Very steep, narrow trail from mill ruins to mine 1500 ft. above. Sweeping views of Death Valley. Do not enter any mines - they are unstable and hazardous. Do not remove any historical artifacts By Mail Death Valley National Park P.O. Box 579 Death Valley, CA 92328 By Phone Visitor Information (760) 786-3200 Commercial Permits (760) 786-3241 By Fax (760) ...

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Keane Wonder Springs

Follow pipeline north along mountain base to sulfur springs and travertine mounds. Beyond springs are remains of an old stampmill and cabin. Do not remove any historical artifacts By Mail Death Valley National Park P.O. Box 579 Death Valley, CA 92328 By Phone Visitor Information (760) 786-3200 Commercial Permits (760) 786-3241 By Fax (760) ...

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