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Typhon Canyon, CA

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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 6.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,465 feet
Accumulated Gain 59 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 6.7
Interest Off Trail Hiking
Dogs not allowed
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Preferred   Feb, Nov, Dec, Jan
Sun  6:57am - 4:58pm
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Sidewinder Canyon
Sidewinder Canyon
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Likely In-Season!
Typhon is a fierce monster-god from Greek mythology, making this a fitting name for the approach to the canyon. The hike begins at Dante's View traversing north across the Black Mountains before turning west and descending unbelievably steeply (1,200 feet in 0.6 miles!!) down a loose scree slope.

Typhon Canyon itself is far more fun than the approach, with a great diversity of colors, geology and feeling. Open sections alternate with narrow slots as the canyon winds down toward Badwater. Rappels of < 20 to 180 feet are interspersed with innumerable downclimbs and fun obstacles. Depending what you are comfortable downclimbing, there are eighteen plus rappels with the longest 185 feet.

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 2x200 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.

    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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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    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 13 miles past the turn-off for Natural Bridge (signed). After approximately another 1.5 miles, there is an open area along the right-hand shoulder of the road. Park here.

    To begin the canyon, drive back to the intersection with CA-190, and turn right on CA-190. After 10.7 miles, turn right onto Furnace Creek Road toward Dante's View (signed). Continue on the paved road until you reach Dante's View. Start your hike here.
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