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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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Nice hike, we did loop including Gower Gulch

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Hickory, North Carolina
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Hickory, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

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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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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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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USA
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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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Caldwell Idaho
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

The road is rough going in, and I thought our Van would fall to pieces, but no worse for the wear. the Canyon is truly golden, Niced place to take Pictures.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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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