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A dry canyon with scenic views, historic borax mines, and interesting rock formations. Located near the Artist's Drive area with exposures of many of the same colorful, mineral-laden soils. Seven rappels with the longest 150 feet.


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Be smart! This is a less frequently-visited canyon, so always be prepared with enough gear to replace webbing and quick-links in case they are worn or missing. At minimum, you will need: helmet, harness, rappelling device and biner, and 2x150 ft ropes. Bolts are not allowed in Death Valley and most rappels in this canyon utilize cairn anchors, so know how to inspect, build, and weight them. As always, carry extra rope.
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 Central Sierra, CA
Canyons are inherently risky. Flash floods occur without notice on sunny days. Technical skills & surrounding topography knowledge required yet does not eliminate risk.
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Distance One Way 4.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,190 feet
Elevation Gain 655 feet
Accumulated Gain 884 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 7.55
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Historic
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Trips 248 map ( 429 miles )
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7  2015-11-12 autumnstars
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Wilderness Death Valley
Preferred   Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb
Sun  5:40am - 5:34pm
Dogs not allowed
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2.6  Badlands Loop
2.6  Zabriskie Point Overlook
3.1  Desolation Narrows
3.3  Red Wall Canyon - DVNP
3.3  Slit Canyon - DVNP
3.3  Desolation Canyon
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A dry canyon with scenic views, historic borax mines, and interesting rock formations. Located near the Artist's Drive area with exposures of many of the same colorful, mineral-laden soils. Seven rappels with the longest 150 feet.


Warning:
Be smart! This is a less frequently-visited canyon, so always be prepared with enough gear to replace webbing and quick-links in case they are worn or missing. At minimum, you will need: helmet, harness, rappelling device and biner, and 2x150 ft ropes. Bolts are not allowed in Death Valley and most rappels in this canyon utilize cairn anchors, so know how to inspect, build, and weight them. As always, carry extra rope.

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    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    To canyon trip
    From Las Vegas, take NV-160 west toward Pahrump. After driving past the main businesses in Pahrump, turn west (left) on Bell Vista toward Death Valley (signed). This road changes names to State Line Rd once you enter California - remain on it until you reach a T junction with CA-127 at the Amargosa Opera House. Turn north (right) on CA-127, and then west (left) onto CA-190 within 0.2 mile (signed).
    To set up your shuttle vehicle, drive 28.9 miles to the intersection with Badwater Road in Death Valley NP (signed). Turn south (left) on Badwater Road, and drive 3.7 miles to the unpaved Desolation Canyon Road (unsigned). Turn left and drive 0.5 mile to the end of Desolation Canyon Road. Park here.
    To begin the canyon, return to Badwater Road and turn right. Drive back to the intersection with CA-190, and turn right on CA-190. After 4.7 miles (you will pass Zabriskie Point), turn right onto unpaved 20 Mule Team Road (signed). Drive 1.7 miles on 20 Mule Team Road and find a place to park that doesn't impede the road or impact the vegetation.
    If 20 Mule Team Road is closed (a frequent occurrence), just park off the shoulder of CA-190 near the intersection of 20 Mule Team Road and start your hike there.
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