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The first part was definitely the tighest canyon, but just going the first .5 to .75 Mike's definitely cuts out a lot of cool views. after the tight canyons from start it grows into a huge walled canyon with so much more to see. I was planning on just going the first .5 miles based off recommendations but had to keep going.

7 days ago

A very special place. I strongly recommend you to come here if you go to Death Valley. In fact, just hiking the first narrow part is enough to see all the features of the trail.

Favorite trail to date! Was well cleared and easy to follow, a lot of switchbacks along a steady incline but very doable. Go on a clear day and the views are unrivaled!

1 month ago

Beautiful canyon. We only hiked about 3/4 miles in to check it out!!

1 month ago

In my opinion, the trail is underwhelming. The coolest part is within the first .5 miles. It’s a bit of a drive to get down the gravel road to the trailhead. I recommend spending more time at the sand dunes instead.

Excellent hike. Amazing views of the Sierra and Owens valley. Not an easy hike but well worth it. Not much snow at 10,000 for January. Lake was frozen solid. Ice appeared to be a couple feet thick.

2 months ago

Easy and fun. We had a 3 and 6 year old. There are some drop offs so you have to keep an eye on your kids, but they had a blast climbing in and out of all the lava flow holes! Great for a stop to stretch your legs and maybe have a picnic.

This is not for the weak!! I got slight elevation sickness (headache and mild nausea). Not recommended if you have asthma or any condition. Overall STUNNING views. Amazing. The trail is extremely well maintained!

What an amazing experience. We loved every step and it awesome to reach out the beautiful lake.

3 months ago

If you’re coming to the park from Panamint Springs direction it’s a definite stop to make. There’s a lot of interesting textures in the canyon and you don’t have to go too far to see them. Be prepared to climb and jump.

A quick hike on a steep, but extremely well maintained trail. Hiked this over Thanksgiving with snow on the higher portions of the trail. Still didn’t need micro spikes though. I recommend walking to the far side of the lake to get a full view of Thor and Whitney. Benefit of going during the winter is the frozen lake provides great access to the other side *Attempt at your own risk*.

The hike is all uphill with plenty of switchbacks . It definitely takes time to complete but the view and lake are beautiful ! Snow was more common the higher in elevation we went . By the lake in certain areas it was almost knee deep . Slippery ice as well!

i hiked on November 21st and there were quite snow after second creek and i was happy that i had spike to make the hike easier.. in afternoon, there’s not much sunlight so you might want to hit it before midday. i didn’t find this hike “hard”. technical and trail is well tracked. just steady incline. i hike a lot, and took me 2.5hrs for return including short break.

4 months ago

We really enjoyed this hike for its beautiful rock formations and challenging scrambles over the rocks and through the narrows. There is a section at about 1.4 miles in where you need to climb up the incline in front and to the right of you rather than following the canyon. Following the canyon takes you to a very steep 15-20 (or so) foot climb up vertical rocks. Not being rock climbers we were lucky to have been directed by the hikers in front of us to head up the hill rather than follow the canyon. There are no signs. You'll see the trail again once you start up the hill and it'll drop you back into the canyon above the drop-off. The trail ends (for most people) at the tall rock wall at about 1.8 miles in. Super fun out-and-back hike.

This hike is amazing. The hike down is even more amazing. Worth the drive and I would love to do it again. I brought my 7 year old daughter and she didn’t give up, but she is used to hikes like this and we took breaks.

Great views the entire way.
For someone who lives at sea level and doesn't do a ton of hiking, I found the elevation gain challenging.

great hike! you get to see a few Lakes great views but stay hydrated at the end of the day you'll be tired

4 months ago

had to take off hiking boots to climb the rock wall to continue on the last 0.5-7 miles.
beautiful view, marble rocks, fun scrambling

I loved everything about this hike. It was a nice steep climb to a gorgeous lake. The views on the way were spectacular and you get to hear the sounds of the falls as you make the climb. Every switchback offers a beautiful view. This was a perfect way to end the weekend after we had completed Big Pine Lakes the day before. Try to get to the lake when the sun is up high, you'll have great reflections off of the lake.

Beautiful hike to the lake. Lots of small streams, at least in October. Make sure you allow enough time, or it will be a dark hike back. Headlamps or flashlights are a must.

5 months ago

First visit to Death Valley National Park and was fortunate enough to hike this on a low 70 degree day with my DH! Would consider this more of a moderate hike, but if you've ever hiked a mountain, you are well prepared. What a spectacular glimpse of Death Valley - a taste of the desert and all it has to offer! Honestly, you can stop at the "boulder jam" and still finish with an all around good experience of what the canyon has to offer and still get in some exercise! ;-) Rating this a four - although, I would only do this if the weather was cool like today...and unfortunately, I do not know when I will be back to hike this again as it is not in my "neighborhood". Was hoping to see an iguana...but that's alright - did spot two cacti on our route. All in all, a highly recommended hike for those wanting a quite unique experience of desert and canyon features!

Beautiful views specially beginning of fall, golden Aspens everywhere forming canopies, nice and moderate trail, took my 2 chihuahuas and cairn terrier and they did great, a must do trail,water everywhere just need a filter!

6 months ago

Hiked this trail in summer of 2013. Steep 4 mile hike in but well worth it. We camped at lake #2 and fished mostly in lake #3. Caught a bunch of fish in each lake we tried. Campsites were nice and we only saw one other person at lake #3. Beautiful views of the valley at lake #2.

Tough but worth it! This trail required some route finding as the main path is hard to find sometimes. I hiked up to the first a second lakes north of Golden Trout and then came back as I was running out of daylight. The trail is very steep and loose in places. Wear good shoes or boots and take your time.

Prepare to go up and up. Payoff at the top.

Agree with below post! I went counter clockwise (started on long lake side) with my two Weimaraners and it was a bit sketchy getting them down the boulders connecting Ruwau and chocolate. Overall, great hike if you can find the trail. Some amazing person stacked rocks to try and mark the trail (cairns) so look for those when you lose the trail!

7 months ago

Not sure why they say "it features a lake", just finished it today and caught fish in 6 lakes on the trail, their map doesnt even show Ruwau lake.
make sure you realize the trail is not well maintained once it leaves the main trail by long lake.
i lost it several times but made it okay, keep a lookout for the cairns, very beautiful trip.
suggest you go counter clockwise, the trail between Rawau and Chocolate lake is pretty rough, wouldnt want to go uphill (clockwise) on that segment.

7 months ago

Walked round the loop today leaving our packs at the first lake. Stunning scenery all day. Back at the camp now. This is the most perfect camping spot ever!

7 months ago

A high altitude body of water that sits on a shelf above Whitney Portal. Its waters, mirror-like in appearance, stretchs out to the horizon like a natural infinity pool—reflecting the surrounding evergreens, massive boulders, and towering cliffs with perfect symmetry. At an elevation of 10,050 feet.

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