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Address: Death Valley Junction, Death Valley National Park, CA
Activities: Hiking
Description: These fan-shaped mountains created by the deposits of millions of years of...
These fan-shaped mountains created by the deposits of millions of years of flash floods are a good place for day hikes.
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great little easy hike in Death Valley, but it is hot - even if your car thermometer says one thing, it may well be hotter in here because you are walking through a canyon of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

great little easy hike in Death Valley, but it is hot - even if your car thermometer says one thing, it may well be hotter in here because you are walking through a canyon of rocks that have been absorbing and radiating heat for millenia.

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Henderson
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Beautiful hike thru an awesome desolate canyon. First half very easy going. If you continue for the second half it gets a little hairy as you do some fairly steep sections going to Zabriskie Point. Great views. Take plenty of water!!

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Portland, Oregon
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

The time to go is sunset, as the rocks get even more golden. It looked very much like Egypt in the desolation and remoteness. An easy trail up and back provided a nice evening walk, with great rewards as the light changed with the dying sun.

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Hickory, North Carolina
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Started out shortly after sunrise on Easter morning. We were third car in parking lot. Canyon was beautiful from the start and as sun climbed higher you could really see how Golden Canyon got its name. We took the loop toward Gower Gulch. After about a mile you come up on a small sign that shows straight to Red Cathedral... More 

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claremont, california
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The nice thing about Golden Canyon is that there is shade, and spectacular scenes of the canyon walls. Easy walk, but beautiful views at every turn.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Overall Golden Canyon was nice but not spectacular. When you reach the end of the canyon and the main trail head right towards Manly Beacon follow the other fork left. You will wind through tighter and tighter canyon eventually leading you up on to a flank of Red Cathedral, which looms in front of you your entire hike. From here... More 

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Stoutsville, Missouri
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

If you like to hike or just enjoy an easy walk through a lovely canyon, then this is the place to go. Every part is spectacular and well worth the time.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We opted for the longer hike with combination of Golden Canyon and Gower Gulch. Golden is beautiful but Gower was comparatively less interesting, less shady and the hike became a real challenge as we continued around due to the extreme heat and lack of shade.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Easy hike, do the whole loop with the short side to Red cathedral. I liked going in the left side and looping around to come out on the south.

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Lake Oswego, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Luckily we had plenty of water but if you are interested in this hike, you need to start early to avoid the worst heat and make sure you have plenty of water, wear a hat and have sunscreen and nutrition. A beautiful hike for sure, don't miss this!

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