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Like the devil's golf course, this was a truly unique landscape. I ended up walking the .8 miles out to the end of the path

hiking
3 days ago

This was definitely moderate. The first half is all uphill and a tough cardiovascular workout. I'm 61 and I used hiking poles. I highly recommend them. It is only a mile and a half up so that is good. The top offers a fantastic view. Coming down is tougher on the joints for those of us over a certain age, but not bad if you're careful.
Younger folks will get through this easily.

9 days ago

Climb sand dunes is always fun. Easy access, and be careful with sun even in winter.

I did the hike to Red Cathedral and back, but I’d love to go back and explore more of this majestic landscape. I highly recommend this unique and otherworldly hike.

5 stars for a sunset view! After a long day of hiking this was a nice end of the day stroll

Crowded hike with expansive views. Really nicely constructed steps! Easy to navigate and a cool variety of terrain and sights.

hiking
13 days ago

This hike is full of steps 1.5 miles up! Once you get to the top there’s an elevation sign perfect for a photo opp. It gives you a good workout, but is not too strenuous. Highly recommended!

hiking
17 days ago

Great place to bring the family for a hike. The view at the top is amazing.

hiking
18 days ago

It was one of my best trail in this park.

Great view! Your knees can get a little shaky when you have a fear of heights, but the view will make you forget the fear!

review from 11-12.
perfect weather! very few people along the trail. took a few wrong turns along the way and had a great time exploring in seclusion

19 days ago

cool views. i didn't even go on the trail. i just parked at the viewpoint got out, took a few pics and took off afterwards because the temperature dropped down to like 40 degrees ( this was on the 12th and I wasnt dressed for that chilly, windy weather...the rest of the day was perfect, warm prob mid 70s). so overall, it was cool, I wish I had ventured out on the trail with the appropriate attire

spent the morning on the dunes for the sunrise a couple weeks ago and ended up walking around aimlessly for longer and farther than I intended. got some cool pics while heading out to one of the bigger dunes in the distance. dunes look cool even when viewing from a distance

The road to the trail is closed for the next 5-6 months FYI. I didn't read about it anywhere beforehand so I was a little disappointed. you can still walk to it but it is like 9 miles total and I didnt have time for the extra hike

hiking
19 days ago

I did it yesterday.. A bit harder on the way up, I was a bit worry for my knees on the return, but incredibly easy since I took my time. Was easier to go down than up.. Using walking poles helped me a lot..

I always followed in “Keep calm and believe in alltrails”. But what happened here. Hiking a 1200 ft in 1.2 miles is not easy. Make it moderate atleast if not siding towards hard. But 5 stars througout. Views begin as soon as 0.2-0.3 miles in and once you reach the top, you have 360 degree views all around. I saw sunset at one side and turned around to see full moon coming up. Awesome.

hiking
24 days ago

Be aware that the road leading to the trail head is currently closed. Walked a little over 2 miles from HWY 190 just to get to the trail head. As far as the hikes goes. Pretty basic - nothing that exciting. If you have time you'd be better off spending time in the dunes or badlands - Golden Canyon, just my opinion. The upside is that since the road is closed there is no one in the canyon. We only saw 4 people in about 3-4 hours;

24 days ago

Busy parking lot. Nice hike. Good views.

The summit makes you work for it, but the view is worth the effort. Recommend trekking poles for those of you who suffer from weak knees or lungs, like me.

Awesome hike! Moderately difficult on the way up, easy strolling on the way down. Bring a windbreaker if you can!

took just under 4 hours to complete

Done it 3 times. Once in 105 degree weather
It’s a good trail. Not simple, not too hard.

Awesome experience second time around.

Had a great hike and the view was beautiful. Looking forward to going back and doing it again.

Rock stairs!

Really neat! Go to the end for the best pictures...less mud in the cool crystal formations. And less people! Hiked 1.7 miles round trip.

hiking
1 month ago

The golden Canyon Trail is a short hike up Golden Canyon to the base of the Red Cathedral formations. this is a popular day-hike that starts at a marked trailhead with parking on Badwater Rd. just south of Furnace Creek.

The first mile of the the trail is a mild hike up a canyon surrounded on all sides by golden rock formations and slot canyons. After mile one reaches a junction for the Gower Gulch trail. Continue past this point into a narrow slot canyon. The trail becomes more difficult here, requiring one to scramble over rocks until reaching the top of the slot canyon and the base of Red Cathedral. The view at the top here is spectacular!

After enjoying the top, head back down and out of the slot canyon. Then either hike back down Golden Canyon to the trailhead, or extend the hike and take the junction for Gower Gultch.

(As anywhere in DVNP, the heat can be extreme, even outside of summer. Carry extra water!)

Here is the lowest point in North America, and is probably the most popular roadside spot in DVNP. One can view the area from the roadside overlook, or hike .5 mile trail can be taken out onto the salt flat itself. there are also some saline pools near the trailhead/overlook. Very unique spot in a very unique National Park. Just be prepared for the heat, even outside of summer!

hiking
1 month ago

This was a fantastic hike! Just under 3 miles, completed btwn 12:30pm and 2pm on Saturday, Nov 3rd. Great views during the entire hike with 360 degree views at the top. Listed as ‘Easy’ on AllTrails, the trail is very clean and well kept, but moderately strenuous for the 1.5 miles to the top. Hope to be able to do again in the future as a run.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice, short steep hike. 3.5 stars if there was a half star allowed. Views are the similar throughout the trail. Did see some mountain sheep about half way on the trail.

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