Willow Canyon

MODERATE 1 reviews

Willow Canyon is a 5.2 mile out and back trail located near Death Valley, CA that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.2 miles 1669 feet Out & Back

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This is a hike to a waterfall that generally flows year round in Death Valley. It's a moderately strenuous hike because it goes up a wash that has a lot of gravel and rocks over which to step. The name mystifies me, because there are no willow trees anywhere near here. This is a winter hike as summer temperatures in Death Valley make hiking very unwise! There is a fairly good trail through the gravel and across the rocks. Hike for about 1/2 mile north to the large wash coming from the mountains. Turn right into the wash. This wash leads into Willow Canyon. The end of the hike is about 2.35 miles from the trailhead. You will pass some side washes. Ignore them and keep hiking up the canyon. You eventually come to a small waterfall that's easy to climb up, then a taller one, and finally you get to the two-tiered 50 foot waterfall. It's a lovely place to have a snack before hiking back.

4 years ago

Great hike. We went there in December, so the sun wasn't too much of a problem. The waterfalls are amazing, and it's great to see water in the middle of the desert.

Most of the hike is going up the wash, so you are out in the sun, although if you're hiking in the afternoon you can get a bit of shade from the cliffs on the south side.

There is one major intersection where you might be tempted to go to the right, but turn left into the narrower canyon.

Thanks so much for the great trip!