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Absolutely beautiful hike. Decent incline near Zabriski Point. if you dont want to have to start or end you hiking with the heavier incline I recommend starting at the Golden Canyon parking lot and hiking the loop around. The view from Red Cathedral is an absolute must see!

took just under 4 hours to complete

Pristine conditions, but this trail is 14 miles, not 12.

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

You can hike around as little or as long as you’d like. Interesting to see.

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
12 days 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!)

scenic driving
12 days ago

This is a one-way paved road through the canyons and overlooks of the Artist's Palette. It's a great route to get up close to some of the area's spectacular formations with little-to-no need to leave your vehicle, making this an excellent feature to check-out when temperatures are high. There are a few turnouts/overlooks where you stop for pictures along the route. Be sure to drive slowly through the loop, as the road is very twisty and passes through narrow canyons with little side-clearance.

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!

off road driving
13 days ago

entrance is a little long,like a pipeline road for about 8 miles but air down and you can handle the washboard at about 50mph making quick work of it. The rest of the trail is worth it. Great views thru black rock ending in a slot canyon not much wider than your vehicle for about 1.5 with walls above 100 feet. One way only.

Best place for sunrise in Death Valley. Really nice paved path and places to sit at the top to watch the sun come up.

Super hot! Everyone was right- a lot further than it looks but go all the way to the end!

off road driving
21 days ago

This is a ONE WAY/ ONE DIRECTION trail. Keep in mind that you must enter the way described in this map. This was not clear to me, I thought I could run it in either direction and lost a lot of time on my trip. Very beautiful trail though, high clearance and 4x4 recommended

Awesome hike and views, not too many people. While not the highest in elevation gain, the combo of Panamint City, immediately followed by Telescope kicked butt.

backpacking
25 days ago

To date, one of my most favorite hikes I've ever been on. 5/5 for sure. Went on a Labor Day weekend, had the town to ourselves. Multiday trip makes for awesome exploring in the mines and structures. Read up on hantavirus. Water from the spigot is potable, made for a cold shower!

Fun to drive through.

Not really a hike, just a short walk to the AMAZING viewpoint. Really pretty!

Super hot and much further than you think it is. Deceiving, but so worth it!

Amazing view at the top and really great cliff-side hiking most of the way. I would only do this trail if you are steady-footed as most of the trail is cliff-side and gravelly. Dress in layers as it can be both hot and cold depending on sunlight and wind!

Stupid hot, but insanely awesome!

scenic driving
1 month ago

At just about sundown on a 129 degree day, we drove up Artist's Drive to Artist's Palette. As you drive along the one-way road you wonder if the walls will collapse on you. Quite an interesting set of rock and mineral formations along the drive. Must do in Death Valley NP.

hiking
1 month ago

Not a very good golf course; drive to end of road to the parking area and walk through the very rough and chunky rocky hard minerals that cover the bottom of the basin. Interesting phenomenon, worth a quick stop. It was only 129 degrees in the valley...

Unless you consider walking the dirt road with cars passing by and dusting you a trail, this is not a trail. Save time and the eating of dust. Drive to the parking area at the end, enjoy the vista, hop back in the car and find a real hike.

Nice in and out hike. We started this hike early and enjoyed the view of the sunrise from the peak at the end of the trail. The hike started off in a wash at the end of a dirt road. Transitioned to a slot canyon and ended with a short steeper uphill gravel stretch. As the name implies we did not run across any other hikers along the way.
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Started this hike from Zabriskie Point early in the morning watching the sunrise bounce off the golden red hills as we made our trip counter clockwise around the loop. Going in this direction the first part of the hike is downhill and the return is a gradual upward walk. We elected to go this way to catch the early morning light on the hills and were glad we did. If you go later in the day you may want to start at the bottom and work your way around clockwise. This way gives a gradual up and my leave you some shadow in the canyons to cool down on your way back.

This is a nice loop hike which is on the easy side of moderate. If you don’t mind a few people on the trail I would recommend this trail as the one to take in the area. If you want to be on your own try the in and out Desolate Canyon trail we did not run into anyone.

It's super hot during the day but n awesome feeling. Make sure you carry water and wear full sleeves.

It's not much of a hike, but the view was amazing, couldn't believe it was true. Will cherish the moment for a lifetime... Its awesome awesome awesome and its a MUST!!

Its a nice place was there during sunset and had a great time.

scenic driving
1 month ago

Its awesome and fun, am surprised that it's not rated by many. I loved it and don't miss it if you're at DV NP.

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