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Mosaic Canyon Trail

EASY 158 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.

Distance: 3.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,066 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

Mosaic Canyon Road: CLOSED until 6/30/19 due to road construction.

hiking
7 days ago

11/30/19, 2yo in backpack Great fun hike! We hiked all the way to the end. It was a bit tricky to "climb" the dry-falls with the kid in the backpack at times, but it was a fun challenge. It tooks us approx 3 hours there and back. The canyon was beautiful both going up and back.

hiking
rocky
7 days ago

This was a really cool for an easy trail. Definitely worth checking out.

hiking
1 month ago

Super beautiful!!! Not difficult until the “Boulder Jam”. I let my husband finish the last quarter mile to the end but met many very interesting people while I waited. Truly a must do.

hiking
rocky
scramble
washed out
1 month ago

This is a wonderful trail, but whoever labeled it easy was nuts. You climb 1000 feet in two mile, clamber over a dozen 4+ foot slick rock pour offs, rock climb to get past the boulder jam and play mountain goat to get past some of the larger slick rock pour offs. Not what I would call easy but it was a blast! There are a couple slick rock pour offs before you get to the boulder jam, there is a side trail to the left to get you past the jam, but requires some rock climbing. A lot of people turn around here. Just above the jam are two tall slick rock pour offs, the first is not too bad, the second I had to go up ninja style. Just before the second water fall there is a trail to the right to get you past it. If you have gotten this far, the trail is nothing. Past that, there are a couple of tall pour offs, there are side trails to get past them, but you need to be part mountain goat. One is barely the width of my foot. Then you will make to the third water fall. Could not see a side trail past it even though the topo map shows the trail continues. Return trip is fun. The rock formations are wonderful, the slick marble is beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

Not a particularly interesting trail in my opinion. The most challenging and beautiful parts of the trail are the first 1/10th of a mile and the last bit where its narrowest. The sun was behind the clouds when I attempted Mosaic Canyon, which was great for the heat, but not for highlighting the splendor.

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

What a great canyon! The road was open, so we just rolled right up and went for it! The marble was very cool to see, the dry waterfalls were fun to climb up/gently slide down, and the views are a bit otherworldly. The terminus is a very tall dry waterfall, which is cool, but what struck me most about it was how silent it was there. Before 9am or so, the canyon is mostly shaded. We got in at 7am, and walked out around 9. The hike could be completed faster than that, but we dilly dallied around.

hiking
4 months ago

First half mile is a must see. If you’re here during the summer months, go later in the afternoon and you’ll be in the shade for all the good parts of the trail.

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

Beautiful rock features

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful hike.. bottom .0.5 mile & top 0.5 mile were the best. Road currently closed.. makes for an extra long hike.. adds 2.2 miles each way.. Still pretty awesome hike!

hiking
9 months ago

Due to road construction to the trailhead, this turned out to be an 8 mile round trip hike from the main road to the end of the canyon. The canyon itself is very beautiful. I would recommend it to someone that was staying at Stovepipe Wells, I just wouldn’t take a trip there solely for this hike.

boring road walk at the beginning. best views are early in the canyon.

hiking
10 months ago

I really liked this hike. Lot's to see and explore. Sure, it was extra long because the road was closed, but I thought it was worth it. Enjoy your time outside.

Mon Nov 26 2018

The road to the trail is closed for the next 5-6 months FYI. I didn't read about it anywhere beforehand so I was a little disappointed. you can still walk to it but it is like 9 miles total and I didnt have time for the extra hike

hiking
Wed Nov 21 2018

Be aware that the road leading to the trail head is currently closed. Walked a little over 2 miles from HWY 190 just to get to the trail head. As far as the hikes goes. Pretty basic - nothing that exciting. If you have time you'd be better off spending time in the dunes or badlands - Golden Canyon, just my opinion. The upside is that since the road is closed there is no one in the canyon. We only saw 4 people in about 3-4 hours;

hiking
Thu Jul 26 2018

A really nice hike through a narrow canyon that soon widens only to narrow down again. It's in these narrows that rock slides block the trail and you need to scramble over them. The scramble is not difficult and is actually good fun, just don't expect flat terrain all the way. Beginning of June, the temperatures easily got over 110, so be sure to carry plenty of water with you if you're planning to hike further into the canyon. On the bright side, in the heat, we had the canyon to ourselves.

hiking
Mon Apr 16 2018

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

Fri Apr 13 2018

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

hiking
Sat Mar 31 2018

Beautiful...a must see. Super crowed.

hiking
Thu Mar 29 2018

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.

hiking
Fri Mar 23 2018

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.

Thu Mar 22 2018

The first part was definitely the tighest canyon, but just going the first .5 to .75 miles 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.

hiking
Thu Mar 15 2018

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.

hiking
Wed Feb 14 2018

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

hiking
Mon Feb 12 2018

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.

hiking
Sat Dec 02 2017

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.

hiking
Mon Nov 20 2017

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.

hiking
Sat Oct 28 2017

NOT EASY 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

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