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Mosaic Canyon, CA

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Distance Round Trip 4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 929 feet
Elevation Gain 200 feet
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Hardly a slot
by Jim_H

Overview: Mosaic Canyon is just southwest of Stovepipe Wells, CA. It is listed in the Death Valley National Park Visitor Guide as a Slot Canyon. It is, but just barely. Mostly, it is a wide canyon wash with some pretty good views from the side trails which stem from the broadest section of the canyon.

Hike: From the parking area, proceed up the wash. The first "slot canyon" section may have a good number of people in it and it is the most impressive section of the hike. Once past that area, the canyon widens out and becomes a large dry wash for the next half mile or so. For the most part this hike is easy, however there will be some sections which require a little scrambling, but nothing should be too difficult and you are off route if it is. The wash will narrow and come to a small dry fall about 2/3 of the way up the trail. This fall is only 25 feet high, or so. Just before the canyon narrows to this fall, there will be cairns for a side trail which takes you around this feature. Continuing up the canyon you will pass a few other obstacles and eventually you will come to a large dry fall with no way around it. This is the end of the official hike. The fall is high, about 75 feet or so and would be impressive when flowing heavily. I wonder how often it does? Return the way you came and watch for the side trail to get you around the first dry wash.

Side excursions: There are numerous side trail which break off from the main trail in the middle section of the canyon where is is a broad dry wash. These take you to some pretty nice overlooks and are worth the time. Be careful on the lose dry scree that some of them are on.

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2011-02-18 Jim_H
    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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    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Stovepipe Wells, drive west on CA 190 for a very short distance to a dirt road which runs south up an alluvial fan to a visible canyon. Take this road to the trailhead, where the road dead ends. The dirt road is the first road on the south side of 190 as you exit Stovepipe Wells.
    page created by Jim_H on Feb 18 2011 11:50 am
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