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Mosaic Canyon Trail

EASY 132 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


nature trips




no dogs

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

19 days ago

30 days 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.

1 month 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.

no shade
2 months ago

Beautiful rock features

5 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!

6 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.

7 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.

9 months ago

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

10 months ago

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;

Thursday, July 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.

Monday, April 16, 2018

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

Friday, April 13, 2018

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

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Beautiful...a must see. Super crowed.

Thursday, March 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.

Friday, March 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.

Thursday, March 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.

Thursday, March 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.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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

Monday, February 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.

Saturday, December 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.

Monday, November 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.

Saturday, October 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

Thursday, October 05, 2017

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.

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