Walking / Hiking, Death Valley National Park

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    Darwin Falls - a break from the heat

    by blueskyjohn Written Apr 26, 2012

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    This is a wonderful short hike through a grotto to an unexpected waterfall.

    Equipment: Bring plenty of water. I've done this hike in the summer. When we started from the car the temperature was 100 degrees! Once in the grotto the temperature dropped to 91. Interesting the sudden change but still hot.

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    Hike

    by SteveOSF Written Aug 2, 2007

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    Golden Canyon Trail
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    Death Valley offers many great hiking opportunities. Two nice trails we tried are Mosaic Canyon and Golden Canyon. These were picturesque walks. Be sure to bring along water when you hike here. You may also want to time your hike with consideration of the lower temperatures of the day.

    Equipment: I'd recommend hiking boots on the Mosaic Canyon trail. You can make it without them. But getting over some slick marble spots will be difficult.

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    Variegated Dunes

    by o00o Written May 21, 2003

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    Most people do little more than briefly admire the scenery, which is best at sunrise, but it is possible to climb some of the adjacent hills to get a better overall view, or wander down amongst the variegated dunes.

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    20 Mule Canyon

    by o00o Written May 21, 2003

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    Just before Zabriskie Point, an unpaved 5 mile, one-way loop (the 20 Mule Team Road) leads into 20 Mule Canyon, where there are more colourful rocks, badlands and desolate mud hills, formed by evaporation of an ancient lake.

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    Desert workout

    by goingsolo Written Dec 7, 2004
    Death Valley National Park

    For a great outdoor Death Valley workout, try running up and down the sand dunes. There appear to be hundreds of them clustered along Hwy 190 near Stovepipe Wells. Many of the dunes are pretty high so it takes some leg power to run to the top. You won't need the gym after this one.

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    Rock scrambling

    by goingsolo Updated Dec 8, 2004
    scramble at your own risk

    Scrambling is a combination of hiking and rock climbing. It involves trails that are not technical climbing routes, but which require a bit of agility to cross. It can be a bit dangerous in areas with exposure of on steep rock walls where its easy to lose your footing, especially if you're wearing sneakers or sandals.

    Some of the canyons in Death Valley have moderately challenging sections where scrambling is required. It can be fun, so long as you're careful.

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    Foot-path

    by o00o Written May 21, 2003

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    A foot-path leads through the mounds, down a ravine and into Gower Gulch after 2 miles, while another branch veers right into Golden Canyon.

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    Valley Floor

    by o00o Written May 21, 2003

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    The road is named after the teams of mules that once pulled wagons loaded with borax from mines on the valley floor.

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    Hiking the badlands

    by mht_in_la Updated Dec 7, 2003
    Hiking the badlands

    The interesting landscape provides many hiking possibilities: desert, sand dunes, badlands, marshland, lava land, etc. It's the devil's playground!!

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    Great hikes in Wildrose Canyon

    by goingsolo Updated Dec 9, 2004
    Death Valley National Park

    Telescope Peak and Wildrose Peak are 2 of the most challenging hikes in Death Valley National Park. Both peaks have a well maintained trail leading to the summit.

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