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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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Sheer Solitude

Be prepared for a cardiac workout! Start walking through the river wash and capture some stunning photo ops before your climb up a white dusty trail to your first summit peak... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
Intrepidhiker2011
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San Jose, California
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San Jose, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Be prepared for a cardiac workout! Start walking through the river wash and capture some stunning photo ops before your climb up a white dusty trail to your first summit peak. Take a break of fresh air and new scenes. The rest of your hike is moderate to downhill. Do the entire hike and you most likely won't run into... More 

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Trabuco Canyon, California
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129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We loved the canyon and the diversity of the rocks. It was all very photographic and you have your choice of 3 length hikes. It has a short uphill stretch at the beginning but it levels out and was easy to do. Came in the mid-afternoon as advised in my book for optimal light and we enjoyed it but the... More 

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Marblehead, MA, USA
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51 reviews 51 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

A relatively easy 1 1/2 mile hike took us to the stunning Cathedral Rock whose warm ochre color glows in the sun. It is one of the most visited spots in Death Valley.

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greenville
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

must bring own water. hiking boots are great idea. wear sunscreen. dont go in weather that threatens rain, though unlikely, flash floods would be very threatening--as would the aftermath--- would bring crumbly paths. i like hiking it with trekking poles

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Simi Valley, California
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167 reviews 167 reviews
65 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Nice hike thru the canyon....a couple of different ways to go....make it short or long. Lots of people love this hike, very popular!

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Ohio
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123 reviews 123 reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

This is a hike that is nothing but hot in the mid afternoon. Most of the markers are gone so it's hard to judge the distance. We did the extra 'quarter mile' at the end to the wall of the cliff. I wouldn't do it again. That last bit seems much more than 1/4 mile and it's not that exciting.... More 

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Henderson, Nevada
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153 reviews 153 reviews
51 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

We almost passed on this hike and it would have been a big mistake. This is marked as one of the most popular hikes in the park and it is fantastic! The canyon is full of fabulous colors and rock formations with each turn and twist. The path is wide and shortly into the hike you can view the Red... More 

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Minnesota
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We got to the trail head with a little under two hours of daylight left. The trail to the Cathedral was well marked and gave us a chance to climb a little, especially at the end. There are points where it was sunny and points where it was shady. The setting sun shone on the canyon walls, creating a beautiful... More 

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Evergreen, Colorado
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78 reviews 78 reviews
32 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

The Golden Canyon trail is a mile into the sloping hills, slick rock and cliffs on the East side of Death Valley. It starts as a narrow and winding slot canyon that climbs to reveal many different colors and textures of rock formations. After a mile and a quarter it dead ends at the base of soaring red cliffs. The... More 

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Bakewell, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We had a lovely walk about a mile up through the canyon, it was peaceful with great views. It was possible to extend the walk or make it into a much longer circular walk.

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