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Sidewinder Canyon

MODERATE 57 reviews
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Sidewinder Canyon is a 3.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Death Valley, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking.

Distance: 3.9 miles Elevation Gain: 1,046 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

views

wildlife

scramble

no shade

no dogs

Please note: Dogs are not permitted on trails or in the wilderness at Death Valley National Park. They are only permitted in campgrounds and along roads.

hiking
22 days ago

Once you get up there I found a couple of cool slot canyons - one super long and another with a couple of 7 ft arches to walk through. Very cool!

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rocky
scramble
5 months ago

I wouldn’t necessarily call this a trail, though the hike was pretty cool. Kinda of like a choose your own adventure as there are many different slot canyons you can climb out of.

hiking
6 months ago

04/04/2019 Fun for those who are looking for more than a walk in the park! It starts with a slow, uphill hike in sand and gravel, but once you reach the slot canyons, you can climb up and over boulders and wind your way through the twisting rock walls. There are a few tight spots that you have to literally squeeze through.

hiking
6 months ago

Hiked in to do the slot canyons. We were able to do 2&3, which I was surprised how long 2 was. I don’t highly recommend this hike unless you are doing the slot canyons and I don’t recommend doing the slot canyons unless you confident in scrambling. 3 has some tight squeezes towards the end and 2 had medium scrambles throughout. 1 had very large boulders that had fallen at the mouth of the canyon, so we avoided it entirely.

hiking
6 months ago

This trail was absolutely amazing. If you only stay on the main trail and don't do any slot canyons it's about 4 miles in and out. we did 3 slot canyons and ended up doing 7.3 miles. If you want adventure, and aren't afraid to climb over a few boulders I highly recommend this trail!

hiking
7 months ago

Wonderful experience. Very won’t!

hiking
scramble
7 months ago

Fun hike with a few sweet semi-hidden slot canyons!

hiking
7 months ago

Date Hiked: (3/6/19) This hike is awesome! I'm not sure why it isn't talked about more! The canyons are so surreal like you are in a fairy tale world The hike is like almost all the hikes in DV -- more of a "cross-coutry" hike rather than a trail. I didn't get to do every slot on this hike due to storms rolling in. Did not want to get caught in a flash flood. I will definitely be coming back here!

hiking
rocky
scramble
7 months ago

fun hike to several slot canyons. fun to scramble through and explore.

hiking
8 months ago

Agree with the prior reviews. The slot canyons make this hike a beauty. You could skip hiking to the “end” of this trail and spend more time in the canyons.

hiking
9 months ago

The trailhead is south of the parking lot, but not clearly marked. Follow it south up the hill before turning left into the canyon. The highlights of the hike were all the skinny slot canyons veering off from the main canyon. Most involve some rock scrambling, but nothing my 8 year old couldn’t handle. The end of the trail was not worth reaching in my opinion.

hiking
Monday, February 12, 2018

Awesome slot canyon hike. Scramble north up the hill of where the route on this page ends to get an incredible view of the valley below (you'll see a use trail from the canyon floor). It's totally worth the effort, but be careful coming down as the scree is loose.

Monday, November 27, 2017

the slots are beautiful! lots of interpretive trails at the end of the canyon.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

slot canyon, some parts more cave than canyon..

hiking
Sunday, January 15, 2017

We hiked the loop up Willow Creek Canyon, over the ridge & back down Sidewinder Canyon. The narrows in the side canyons of Sidewinder were very cool. Very tight & dark in some spots. Could have spent several more hours out there exploring more slots.

hiking
Tuesday, August 05, 2014

we got lost--- then sun went down. We learned that many creatures live in death valley and they emerge at night! Was a little frightening- especially the coyote. But interesting to come across creatures you never imagined were present from daytime view.

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