Zabriskie Point and Gower Gulch Path Loop

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Death Valley National Park

Zabriskie Point and Gower Gulch Path Loop is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Death Valley, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from February until December.

Length2.7 miElevation gain413 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingViewsRockyNo shadeFeeNo dogs
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Getting There

Death Valley National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $30 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55.

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Same trailhead as Zabriskie Point.

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Matthew Guy
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Super nice trail run. The ground was so spongy and great for impact

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Provençal Le Gaulois
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I hiked this trail on January 1st. It’s beautiful. I highly recommend it for sunset or sunrise.

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Viswajith Viswajith Venugopal
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Anthony Ciardo
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Two things... 1) be there for sunrise, but get there an hour before so you can cycle thru twilight... it’s cold in the winter but totally worth it. Also, go up to the Zabriskie point paved area for sunrise... it’s a simple quick detour and the view is better there 2) if you are inclined for a sweet adventure, do the ridge hike along the right/northern ridge vs the canyon trail this prescribed. You can see it from the main point lookout... it takes some scrambling and being okay with narrow ledges and drop offs, but no one really takes it and you can perch anywhere you want overlooking the whole valley and red cathedral area... take it 1.5 miles to the end and back... but take your time for proper footing and take lots of breaks to sit on the edge to gaze and reflect. You won’t regret it To get up there... at that first post, instead of going down into the canyon, to the right, go up... it is kind of an nondescript fork... it will require hands to get up there, and some precarious drop offs, but there are footprints to follow and once you are up on the ridge it will go all the way to red cathedral point

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Maria Kobylkina
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yu lin
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Anil kumar Desabhaktula
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Quite scenic. I would rather do it counter clock wise, and come same way back, instead of whole loop.

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Bill Ferensen
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This was the best trail we hiked in Death Valley (with a 5 year old and 16 month old). I'd rate it Easy as we've done several Easy-rated trails that were harder. The southern part of the loop is a rocky wash which is unremarkable. The norther part of the loop is along the top of the ridgelines and is excellent. If you feel like a shorter hike with a bit less climb, take the route marked Golden Canyon Trailhead at the Zabriskie Point Junction (counterclockwise loop). When you get to the end of the ridgeline where it slopes down steeply, you can turn back if you wish.

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Kyle Smith
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Rosemarie Chiu
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Totally worth it!

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Andrew Beeney
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Fun easy trek, checkout the view point and then follow the trail down. Signs arent the best at showing where to go.

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bana veerad
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Alison L
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Pretty mellow path the entire way. Per the recommendation of the national park signage did the “Badlands Loop” counter clockwise. The first half was higher up, and the second half was more or less in a wash with rockier terrain. 90 min total without rushing, and much more interesting than the viewpoint alone. Went right after the sun rose over the mountains, and this was mostly shaded.

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Brian Schmidt
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Jim Saraceno
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Go here before it gets too hot, there is no shade. I reminded me of Badlands National Park. We hadn't planned on hiking thi trail but we had already visited Armagosa Opera House and Zabriskie Point so we decided to take this trail while we were there. That was a a very good decision!

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Simon Guérard
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It's worth going North here towards Manly Beacon.

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Matt Chelf
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HikingNo shade

Very amazing hike. I think this is what other sources call the badlands loop. Did it early-mid afternoon, and I will say that it kicked my butt for being an “easy-moderate” hike. The sun bears down so heavily, so despite being January (Mid 60s) it was still very taxing.

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Robert Dokter
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Nice short hike, and short is best in Death Valley.

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Luke Costello
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Went on a loop that left to the right of the parking lot. Then just followed signs for the “badland loop”. The loop ended up being about 3 miles. Fun loop that gives you much cooler views than just the viewing point.

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David Eriksson
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Nice walk in the badlands

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Kathie Hunley
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JJ Jessee
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Elad Hillman
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Dave Graubart
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Ellen Dempsey
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Dusty Trailhead
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Serhiy Nahibin
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