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Hottest, Driest, Lowest: A superlative desert of streaming sand dunes, snow-capped mountains, multicolored rock layers, water-fluted canyons and 3 million acres of wilderness. Full of nature and history, there are endless activities in the park. About the size of the state of Connecticut, one can spend weeks exploring Death Valley and only scratch the surface of what there is to see and do.
I read somewhere else of an alternative route for stunning photos... When you approach the trail to the lookout point, head to the right and climb up and along the ridge... Definitely more advanced and parts are hairy... but if you have footwork and nerves of steel, head on up! Be careful though, as there is a lot of loose rock here and steep on both sides at times... Trekking poles may prove useful for this alternative route.
Backpacked this trail in two days (Feb. 24, 2017-Feb. 25, 2017) starting on the Cottonwood side and ending on the Marble Canyon side. I parked in the 2WD parking area and though my 2WD probably could have made it, it only added two miles one way to the trip.
On the first day I made it to the end of the jeep road by about 1:00 PM so I decided to continue on to Cottonwood Spring. Made it to the spring by about 5:00 PM which was perfect. There is plenty of space to camp out near this spring.
On day two, I tracked up the canyon, over the two saddles, and down into marble canyon. That traverse from the first saddle, to the second is not difficult but you must pay attention. I had the GPS way points programmed and I'm glad I did. Second day was by far the most stunning hike. The view of Marble Canyon from the top was incredible. Highly recommended.
All three springs were active when I was there, granted they had a huge rain storm the week before. First cottonwood spring and dead horse spring were only mildly active but the main cottonwood spring was very active (pictured). Beautiful, clean, cool water.
Great trip. If you want to take it very easy and get some side hikes in, three days is very doable. If you're looking to do it in two days, also very doable.
gorgeous hike, especially the rock formations on golden canyon trail. Don't attempt after 12noon even at the beginning of April (it did get to above 90). That said, with a lot of water, some cursing, it was totally doable. Less crowds the further you go. We started at ZP, down Gower Gulch then back via Golden Canyon. I'd do it the other way definitely or better yet start and end at Golden Canyon. A lot less steep climbing especially in the area around Manly beacon. Most beautiful views.
Flat, easy walk. We went late April at sunset and there were a total of 8 people on the flats. Very cool to walk so far below sea level. Waking back to the parking lot, take a look at the rocks just behind the parking lot. There is a sign that marks "sea level" which gives a very different perspective!
One of a kind scenery, easy to get to, surrounded by other popular sites. Friend and I were on our way back to camp, and almost skipped going to check this out since we hadn't heard much about it. Turns out we actually found this much more interesting than Badwater Basin! Even if you don't get out of the car, it's worth making a quick circle around the parking lot to check it out. The rocky surface is very bulgy and rough. It's one giant field of tripping hazards, so take care if you venture out. I really enjoyed watching sunset and moonrise from here. Light coming in at an angle plays off the rocks in a way you won't see elsewhere in the park...or maybe even elsewhere in the world?