Fall Canyon Trail is a 6.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Death Valley, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from October until May.

Length6.6 miElevation gain2155 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingViewsWildlifeFeeNo dogs
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Death Valley National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $30 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55.

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

Directions from Scotty's Canyon: Follow Highway 267 southward to Titus Canyon Road. Turn left on the canyon road and travel about 2.5 miles to the Fall Canyon Trailhead.

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Rachel Cannon
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Nature tripsGreat!Rocky

Me and my buddies did this one months ago, but we really enjoyed following a family of Big Horn sheep throught the Canyon. Yes its loose gravel and you have to work your way up but we thought the surroundings were well worth the trek! Gigantic gorgeous canyon walls, lots of flora and fauna, plenty of things to climb on and it was beautiful walking out of this canyon at sunset! Trail head is at the exit of Titus canyon by the bathroom. Follow the trail around and then keep right. Definitely worth it to the nature lover!

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Deanna D.
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Would only rate this as moderate due to loose gravel. I thought it was worth the effort.

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Elli K
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Very lightly trafficked and quiet in a busy season (around Christmas), always a plus for me. Beautiful canyon. There’s some elevation gain, but I would rate it as an easy trail.

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Jeremy Ecton
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Lot of others gave this a bad review but I loved this trail. We took the scenic view through the titus mountains to get to the trailhead (highly recommend... if you have a solid offroad vehicle). I posted a recording of the entire hike in 4k here for reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G58LCKTkAwo&list=PLmZertFtUJJhyNH3OsKA7GLmt4fB7c8uR&index=12

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Jessica Coughlin
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Really sloggy through loose gravel for most of the trail but the last 3/4 mile was the worst. Very exposed and hot.

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Anthony Gaines
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We hiked the first mile and a half and decided to turn around. The deep gravel and river rocks made for a painful experience, and the views were not great. Along with the sun beating down it was not a great experience. I recommend Mosaic Canyon which also features narrows and dry falls without the aforementioned downsides of the Falls Canyon Trail.

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DrJ atHMHBI
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A gentle 1800+ elevation gain on the inbound is not felt due to the beauty of the surrounding canyon walls. Easy to get to and great views in both directions. We didn’t see any wildlife today. We meet a person who’s done this and said there is another 300 foot dryfall at mile 6 if you want to keep going. Terrain is mostly gravely Riverbed

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Dimple Patel
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Stuart Balaban
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It’s a cool canyon but not much to see. It dead ends into a dry fall that you can’t get around.

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Peyton Tebon
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Cool hike into a canyon, waterfall at the end is disappointing (more of wet rock) but good mix of sun and shade. Don’t do the hike if you’re looking for expansive views but this is a cool spot for a shady getaway in Death Valley

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Xander Dale
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3/27/19: Left the Oasis hotel around 730, arrived at trailhead at about 830. Began hike at about 9. Quick walk around the base of the mountains, then entered the canyons. Very captivating walk under the hills, we saw probably hundreds of butterflies throughout and a bit of water in a rock pit toward the end. The waterfall at the end had a small bit of running water; something I've heard is not common. We couldn't figure out how to safely climb over the waterfall to see the other side, so we returned and ended up hiking back up about halfway down to try at the waterfall again, to no avail, this added about an hour to our time, so without the stop the hike wouldve taken about 2.5 hours, which is not bad. Returned to car at about 12. Something worth mentioning: when we arrived at 830, we were one of two cars in the lot; however when we got off the trail there were about 15 cars and cars parked on the gravel road leading to parking area. There is a bathroom at the trailhead.

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Aldo Salinas
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Really cool trail done on March 19, 2019. It’s perfect this time of year in early spring. Has a mixture of incline and decline, shade and sunny spots, and awesome rock formations into the canyon. You’re mostly walking on gravel size rocks and dirt. It varies between being looser or more firmly packed. It has an otherworldly feel with countless geologic mysteries that give one a sense of the eons this place has seen. Behind you is the vast expanse of the desert basin of Death Valley.

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Garrett Weekley
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Date completed: (3/7/19) I did this hike because it was one of the very very few things left to do after a storm had flooded almost every road and closed them. The road getting to the "trail" (I use quotes because it is more of a cross-country hike like all places in DVNP) is doable with a relatively high clearance vehicle. I bet something like a ford focus could make it up. The cool thing about this hike is that it is a great place to feel very small. At times, I had to put my neck back as far as it would go just to see the top of the canyon walls. I hiked this one pretty quickly trying to beat the sunset; 6.6 miles in about 2.5 hours. It was pretty difficult because it is like hiking in slightly thicker sand. Heard the crunch crunching of my boots for hours. The negative is that it isn't the most exciting thing to check out in the park. If you have time and the roads are open, I would definitely be ok without doing this one. Still a fantastic alternative!

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Kathleen Shanfield
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We loved the feeling and sense of being small in such a large environment. The canyon walls are very steep and beautiful. It was slightly difficult walking on the gravelly rocky terrain and that made it feel more of a “slog” at times. However this hike just gets better and better as you head into the canyon. Was not too crowded however there were others there.

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Shannon Ernst
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Deep gravel most of the way which makes it difficult so a decent workout. The dry fall at the end was rather anticlimactic. May be better in a different season. Went in the evening and saw a lot of little bats hunting for bugs.

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Bryce Born
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This was our last hike. It actually rained a couple of drops. Very easy walk between towering cliffs that we couldn't see the tops of because of the clouds. This was easily the most crowded hike we did. There is room for everyone so enjoy the walk.

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Paul Morelli
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Hiking

Extremely cool adventure hike through a wilderness canyon. With a little scrambling skill, you can even get beyond the first dryfall to a narrow slot canyon. Like a lot of Death Valley, you will feel like you are on another planet in Fall Canyon!

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Patrick Shampine
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Cold but beautiful

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Kelly Barrett
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easy to moderate hike. The main trail to the dry falls is full of great views. If you climb up past the dry falls, you can continue into the canyon, you'll enter some tight canyon walls which open up to wider canyons. It's a beautiful hike. Take time and watch for Big Horn Sheep! Bring your binoculars!

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Doris Lance
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Hiked the shorter version ( 5m RT) of this trail to the dry waterfall. As most of the hikes in Death Valley it was spectacular. The highlight of the hike was having two big horn sheep scampering in the rocks above me for several minutes. Awesome!

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Chris Shule
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Thuy Tran
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Laura Martin
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Constance Shields
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Donghoon Shin
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Daralynn Parker
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Mike Erickson
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Katy Zaremba
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Susan Goodley
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