Golden Canyon and Gower Gulch Loop via Zabriskie Point

MODERATE 20 reviews
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Golden Canyon and Gower Gulch Loop via Zabriskie Point is a 6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Death Valley, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from November until April.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1161 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

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no dogs

Experience the beautiful Golden Canyon and Gower Gulch as a loop from Zabriskie Point in Death Valley. Moderate trail through Golden Canyon, Red Cathedral and Gower Gulch. Colorful badlands, canyon narrows and old borax mines are the most impressive sights there. Hike from Zabriskie Point through Golden Canyon to the Red Cathedral by following the markers. From Red Cathedral hike to the Golden Canyon trailhead at the parking area (Highway 190 on Badwater Road). From there follow the trail to the Gower Gulch. Don't turn left or right when you are in the gulch. There are no markers in the gulch. Next marker is at the crossing Golden Canyon Trail and Gower Gulch Trail close to Zabriskie Point.

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3 months ago

Bring a map! The route is not always obvious. Beautiful views of varied landscapes.

4 months ago

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4 months ago

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4 months ago

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.

hiking
5 months ago

Little bit hard if you start at Zabriskie point at moon, the sun beating you when you ascend during the second part.
Done in 2h, very beautiful.

5 months ago

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5 months ago

This is an excellent hike with stunning views of the colorful rock formations of the badlands and Death Valley beyond. I did the loop in reverse, starting and ending at Golden Canyon, as a I prefer to descend at the end of hikes rather than ascend. The heat wasn't too bad (it was partly cloudy in the mid 80s). I wouldn't attempt this hike in anything above 90, though.

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6 months ago

the hike was very crowded at 10 am

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10 months ago

Very beautiful trail, and you will find fewer people the further you hike into the canyon. The scenery is otherworldly and the center of the canyon away from the trailheads is peaceful. There are trail markers throughout, so navigating the canyons is pretty straightforward.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

After reading about your hike we plan to do this . It would help if you could upload a GPX file so we could follow the Gower gulch portion