Mosaic Canyon Trail

EASY 102 reviews

Mosaic Canyon Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Death Valley, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from October until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.5 miles
1049 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips




6 days ago

Smooth marble canyon and fun dry falls to climb. The children loved exploring here.

9 days ago

nice easy hike, not too crowded and 87 degrees this morning.

22 days ago

Beautiful...a must see. Super crowed.

24 days ago

A great canyon hike with lots of different options for every hiking skill level. Highly recommended climbing some of the spur trails to get great views of the valley.

30 days ago

My favorite hike in Death Valley. Cool marble canyon, quiet, easy hike. Just as you come out of the first tight canyon, go to the left and follow a footpath to the top of a rock hill and get some great photos of the canyon from above.

1 month ago

The first part was definitely the tighest canyon, but just going the first .5 to .75 Mike's definitely cuts out a lot of cool views. after the tight canyons from start it grows into a huge walled canyon with so much more to see. I was planning on just going the first .5 miles based off recommendations but had to keep going.

1 month ago

A very special place. I strongly recommend you to come here if you go to Death Valley. In fact, just hiking the first narrow part is enough to see all the features of the trail.

2 months ago

Beautiful canyon. We only hiked about 3/4 miles in to check it out!!

2 months ago

In my opinion, the trail is underwhelming. The coolest part is within the first .5 miles. It’s a bit of a drive to get down the gravel road to the trailhead. I recommend spending more time at the sand dunes instead.

4 months ago

If you’re coming to the park from Panamint Springs direction it’s a definite stop to make. There’s a lot of interesting textures in the canyon and you don’t have to go too far to see them. Be prepared to climb and jump.

5 months ago

We really enjoyed this hike for its beautiful rock formations and challenging scrambles over the rocks and through the narrows. There is a section at about 1.4 miles in where you need to climb up the incline in front and to the right of you rather than following the canyon. Following the canyon takes you to a very steep 15-20 (or so) foot climb up vertical rocks. Not being rock climbers we were lucky to have been directed by the hikers in front of us to head up the hill rather than follow the canyon. There are no signs. You'll see the trail again once you start up the hill and it'll drop you back into the canyon above the drop-off. The trail ends (for most people) at the tall rock wall at about 1.8 miles in. Super fun out-and-back hike.

5 months ago

had to take off hiking boots to climb the rock wall to continue on the last 0.5-7 miles.
beautiful view, marble rocks, fun scrambling

6 months ago

First visit to Death Valley National Park and was fortunate enough to hike this on a low 70 degree day with my DH! Would consider this more of a moderate hike, but if you've ever hiked a mountain, you are well prepared. What a spectacular glimpse of Death Valley - a taste of the desert and all it has to offer! Honestly, you can stop at the "boulder jam" and still finish with an all around good experience of what the canyon has to offer and still get in some exercise! ;-) Rating this a four - although, I would only do this if the weather was cool like today...and unfortunately, I do not know when I will be back to hike this again as it is not in my "neighborhood". Was hoping to see an iguana...but that's alright - did spot two cacti on our route. All in all, a highly recommended hike for those wanting a quite unique experience of desert and canyon features!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Pretty moderate skill levels needed to climb the super slick rocks. Apart from that a good hike.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Came here in the beginning of January. Lots of people the first mile or so in. Dead ends to a small dry waterfall. Super cool smooth rocks to climb over, subtle gradual incline. Good for most levels and also for those who like to get adventurous clamoring over rocks!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

who ever said this is an easy trail did not finish this hike. at some point there's a block makes you think it's the end but it's actually not. a pretty cool hike though.

Monday, November 14, 2016

We went by the light of the full moon. Gorgeous but I would have liked to see it in the daytime as well. Really nice slot canyon in the beginning.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Fun, easy trail with interesting rock formations.

Monday, April 04, 2016

Fascinating canyon with marble walls. Not a huge hike, but a cool spot to explore.

Monday, January 25, 2016

This trail starts off with tight and twisty canyon carved through stone. Quickly it becomes a wide, gravely canyon which while pretty, is not stunning.

What was stunning was the trail upon a spine-shaped ridge on the south of the main canyon. A few feet wide with sheer drops on either side will get your mind into focus.

Even more spectacular are the views from 1000 feet above the canyon floor, reached by a class 2 (with class 3 optional) scramble up the south canyon wall from the end of the spined ridge. Scramblers beware; rocks are porous, sharp and potential brittle

Monday, December 28, 2015

We did an overnight backpack and cowboy camped under the stars. Was amazing and challenging. Made it all the way up to the lower spring. Wanted to hit the upper spring where there is supposed to be running water. Not enough time though. Not a single person or sound up there beyond the point where most stop. Do yourself a favor and do this at least once in your life if you can. The slots way back in are amazing.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I was over this hike within 10 minutes. The first part was all I needed to see seriously. Once the canyon opens up, you're just trudging along in gravel for eternity, already had my fill of that thank you. Did not care for what was around the next corner.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

We went in December. The weather was perfect, and the trail was pretty empty.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

One of the "Don't Miss" places in Death Valley. You can get out and walk less than a mile up the canyon to see the waterslide, or strap on a pack and go for a real hike up the canyon. It's rugged terrain, but there's something here for everyone.
Several dry falls make for interesting climbing challenges as you progress up the canyon above the waterslide. A 50 foot slanted dry fall blocks the canyon at the top -- but, for those who really want an adventure, there's a bypass route to access the upper canyon. Don't try it if you have a problem with heights, and you'll also want to be in fair shape: it's a 2 1/2 mile trip that climbs 2100 feet over rough terrain. The views and the isolation more than make up for the challenge, though, and you even stand a fair chance of spotting the elusive bighorn sheep among the high crags of the upper canyon.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Got to visit Death Valley with my daughter's Girl Scout Troop this past spring. It was a blast. We all had a great time with minimal drama! :o)

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Typical dry canyon trail. Although dont advise going in early August as I did. 115 degrees is a bit toasty and much warmer in the canyon.

Friday, February 28, 2014

You eventually come to a dry falls that looks impassable. But if you climb up the ridge on the right you can get past this point. And you'll probably be the only person past this point. Not too much further you come to another dry falls that I did not find a way around.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Despite the heavy traffic at the start of the trail, this was definitely worth the trip. The gorgeous rock formations and three dead waterfalls should not be missed. Luckily, the traffic thinned out the further up the canyon we went. If you have time, there are possibilities for exploring side canyons near the end of the trail.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

So so. A pretty busy trail. Interesting rock formations. Perhaps nicer at dusk or dawn.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

HOT if you wait so do it in the morning or evening. Quite a few people on the trail. Some rock scrambling required. Beautiful canyon and rock formations. In and out but totally different views both ways.

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