Explore the best trails near Shoshone with detailed reviews, photos, trail maps, and driving directions curated by hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
This is a hidden gem in the park. Very nice trail, moderate difficulty.
The visitor center actually has map for this trail, and you can actually download from NPS website.
2.5 hours is enough for out and back.
The trail it self, beautiful. The view at the end on the ridge is breathtaking. You can see the winding canyon you just climbed in colors, and you have view towards artist's drive, further down is the death valley salt flats.
Jon Marc L. on Dante's View Trail
Amazing views. Easy walk.
Great views green on the right & salt flats to your left as you continue on the trail past the peak. But the group of 7 I was with really want to question who labelled this as easy, because the way back from continuing on the 3.5 mile one-way kicked our butts with all the uphill climb at that elevation. Yes there is a trail & no scrambling, but we hike often & longer distances but that was not "easy". My legs & butt felt it the next day and that has not happened to me in a LONG time. My lungs were feeling it while on the uphill too.
I like this hike a lot. Golden Canyon is quite colorful and the short side trail to Red Cathedral is well worth the scramble up the dry falls and climb up onto slopes for the views of the valley from a higher vantage point. The trail is well marked. Following a meandering canyon, Gower Gulch portion has more subtle beauty with more texture and pattern on the canyon sides, less bold color. I hiked on a cloudy April day with a start temperature of about 70F at 9AM. I took my time taking many photos and completed the loop just before 1PM. Temperature was about 78F. Very nice hike, would do again.
Amazing trail! We hiked it at sunset which really brought out the red and purple colors of the surrounding barren rock formations. Very otherworldly and maze-like. There are plenty of tempting side trails/washes that are hard to say no to. The trail basically follows the main wash which later turns into a steep canyon with sheer cliffs on either side of you. Fairly flat with a particular steep section as you climb out of the wash. Trail signs can be elusive.
Most excellent views as far as the eye can see. There are trails to hike that one could continue both downhill and uphill from the parking lot. I went downhill (south) for a mile, then returned to start. While not difficult, it Made me realize my sea level lungs need more conditioning for mile high altitude. Day was overcast and temperature about 55F.
A neat, not too difficult hike through desolate badlands and canyons. Stunning rock walls with unusual colors and lots of different landforms can be seen here. Recommended! …But be careful about staying on the right trail. A map will help - a lot of people, including me, kept turning around to find the route.