Gower Gulch Loop Trail

MODERATE 57 reviews
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Gower Gulch Loop Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Shoshone, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from September until May.

4.2 miles
715 feet

kid friendly


nature trips




no dogs

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

4 days ago

This hike is spectacular! The views the entire time are amazing! The sun was setting the last mile of my hike and it created the most beautiful scenery. Do not come
to Death Valley and skip this!

18 days ago

A beautiful exploration of death and nothingness (except for the incredible wealth of geological amazingness). Go early so it’s quiet since it’s the most popular in the park. Take the offshoot to red cathedral and climb all the way up, if you like to boulder, loop it and climb down. Favorite part is the last 1/4 of it (I started clockwise) where you hit the gulch, which is really just beautiful. Definitely do this trail while you’re there it’s a trip.

1 month ago

It was one of my best trail in this park.

trail running
Monday, January 15, 2018

Did this as part of the Golden Canyon-Badlands-Gower Gulch loop. Had no problem finding the wash but once I was further in, it was hard to find any trail markers at all. A GPX map would be useful. I made sure not to take any side routes and stayed on the main trail. It narrows down quite a bit with high, interesting rock formations that close in overhead before a short, steep descent that opens up to the mouth of the gulch and 190 in the distance. Make sure to have supportive shoes/hiking boots if you have weak ankles--there are lots of large rocks that have been smoothed by water and deposited in the gulch over time.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

just hiked it today nice trail and we'll marked

Sunday, February 26, 2017

We did this on a moderately warm day and it was fun. The red cathedral part was a little tough but other parts were very moderate. It was quite a fun hike. Take plenty of water.

Monday, July 18, 2016

There is no shade, but the surreal landscape of the canyon more than makes up for it. Even, fairly gentle climb.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

great view, and awesome pits

Monday, April 11, 2016

I like this hike a lot. Golden Canyon is quite colorful and the short side trail to Red Cathedral is well worth the scramble up the dry falls and climb up onto slopes for the views of the valley from a higher vantage point. The trail is well marked. Following a meandering canyon, Gower Gulch portion has more subtle beauty with more texture and pattern on the canyon sides, less bold color. I hiked on a cloudy April day with a start temperature of about 70F at 9AM. I took my time taking many photos and completed the loop just before 1PM. Temperature was about 78F. Very nice hike, would do again.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Amazing trail! We hiked it at sunset which really brought out the red and purple colors of the surrounding barren rock formations. Very otherworldly and maze-like. There are plenty of tempting side trails/washes that are hard to say no to. The trail basically follows the main wash which later turns into a steep canyon with sheer cliffs on either side of you. Fairly flat with a particular steep section as you climb out of the wash. Trail signs can be elusive.

Monday, April 04, 2016

A neat, not too difficult hike through desolate badlands and canyons. Stunning rock walls with unusual colors and lots of different landforms can be seen here. Recommended! …But be careful about staying on the right trail. A map will help - a lot of people, including me, kept turning around to find the route.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

best in Death Valley

Sunday, March 13, 2016

This was one of my favorite trails in the park. Great views and unbelievable scenery. Nothing else like it!

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Beautiful canyon land trail loop, hitting it at sunset is amazing (make sure to bring a flash light if you do so). The tail gets fairly intense at one vertical climb but after that its fairly easy.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Great hike!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Beautiful hike in a huge landscape. Pictures do not do justice to the scale of these features.

Did the full loop (minus the 0.5 mile extension to Red Cathedral) from Zabrinski point to the Golden Canyon Trailhead and back.

While this 7-ish mile loop is moderate, there is a steep section or two. I imagine this hike is easier if one starts from Badwater road (going clock-wise) as 95% of the uphill, including the steep sections are taken care of early on and also allows one to shorten the trip to the golden canyon loop only, which is all downhill from the intersection where this decision would be made.

Last note: Bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. I did this hike on a partly cloudy day in January. Even though it was only 70 degrees, the sun was intense and the canyon walls are not steep enough to block the mid-day sun.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Cool hike through the wash. Should have decent boots because you are walking on rocks as most of the sediment is washed away. Take Golden Canyon to Zabriskie Point and the Gower Gulch trail back to your car.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Go about an hour or more before the Sun sets over Telescope Peak across the Valley. This is an easy hike straight into the Red Cathedral where, if you're a tiny bit daring, you can maneuver to the middle of the Cathedral and be bathed in the sunset over Telescope Peak. It's a terrific experience. Very romantic (although I was alone). Just before the colors in the sky changes, the Sun hits Red Cathedral and casts a red glow in the entire bowl-like bend. It's a trip!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Easy hike in death valley. There are interpretive numbers and a guide explaining what you are looking at. However, some of the numbers appear to be missing. The rock and sediment formations are beautiful. Even in spring it is warm. Couldn't imagine the heat during the summer. There were allot of lizards including a chuckwalla. Overall a nice simple hike.

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