Mosaic Canyon Trail

EASY 20 reviews

Mosaic Canyon Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Death Valley, CA that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible from October until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.5 miles 1130 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

wildlife

rocky

hiking
14 days ago

hiking
23 days ago

We went by the light of the full moon. Gorgeous but I would have liked to see it in the daytime as well. Really nice slot canyon in the beginning.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun, easy trail with interesting rock formations.

hiking
8 months ago

Fascinating canyon with marble walls. Not a huge hike, but a cool spot to explore.

hiking
10 months ago

This trail starts off with tight and twisty canyon carved through stone. Quickly it becomes a wide, gravely canyon which while pretty, is not stunning.

What was stunning was the trail upon a spine-shaped ridge on the south of the main canyon. A few feet wide with sheer drops on either side will get your mind into focus.

Even more spectacular are the views from 1000 feet above the canyon floor, reached by a class 2 (with class 3 optional) scramble up the south canyon wall from the end of the spined ridge. Scramblers beware; rocks are porous, sharp and potential brittle

geocaching
11 months ago

We did an overnight backpack and cowboy camped under the stars. Was amazing and challenging. Made it all the way up to the lower spring. Wanted to hit the upper spring where there is supposed to be running water. Not enough time though. Not a single person or sound up there beyond the point where most stop. Do yourself a favor and do this at least once in your life if you can. The slots way back in are amazing.

hiking
1 year ago

I was over this hike within 10 minutes. The first part was all I needed to see seriously. Once the canyon opens up, you're just trudging along in gravel for eternity, already had my fill of that thank you. Did not care for what was around the next corner.

hiking
1 year ago

We went in December. The weather was perfect, and the trail was pretty empty.

hiking
1 year ago

One of the "Don't Miss" places in Death Valley. You can get out and walk less than a mile up the canyon to see the waterslide, or strap on a pack and go for a real hike up the canyon. It's rugged terrain, but there's something here for everyone.
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Several dry falls make for interesting climbing challenges as you progress up the canyon above the waterslide. A 50 foot slanted dry fall blocks the canyon at the top -- but, for those who really want an adventure, there's a bypass route to access the upper canyon. Don't try it if you have a problem with heights, and you'll also want to be in fair shape: it's a 2 1/2 mile trip that climbs 2100 feet over rough terrain. The views and the isolation more than make up for the challenge, though, and you even stand a fair chance of spotting the elusive bighorn sheep among the high crags of the upper canyon.

hiking
1 year ago

Got to visit Death Valley with my daughter's Girl Scout Troop this past spring. It was a blast. We all had a great time with minimal drama! :o)

hiking
2 years ago

Typical dry canyon trail. Although dont advise going in early August as I did. 115 degrees is a bit toasty and much warmer in the canyon.

hiking
2 years ago

You eventually come to a dry falls that looks impassable. But if you climb up the ridge on the right you can get past this point. And you'll probably be the only person past this point. Not too much further you come to another dry falls that I did not find a way around.

2 years ago

hiking
2 years ago

Despite the heavy traffic at the start of the trail, this was definitely worth the trip. The gorgeous rock formations and three dead waterfalls should not be missed. Luckily, the traffic thinned out the further up the canyon we went. If you have time, there are possibilities for exploring side canyons near the end of the trail.

hiking
2 years ago

So so. A pretty busy trail. Interesting rock formations. Perhaps nicer at dusk or dawn.

hiking
3 years ago

hiking
4 years ago

HOT if you wait so do it in the morning or evening. Quite a few people on the trail. Some rock scrambling required. Beautiful canyon and rock formations. In and out but totally different views both ways.

hiking
4 years ago

In & out. Pretty & quiet ; )

hiking
5 years ago

Easy hike in a beautiful canyon. The feel and color of the stone is great. Wouldnt want to be here on a hot day though :)

hiking
5 years ago

A short hike, unique for the plentiful sedimentary rock formations for which the canyon is named. Another complementary part to the overall Death Valley experience.