Best Easy Day Hikes: Death Valley National Park
by Bill and Polly Cunningham (Falcon Guides)
© 2016 Bill and Polly Cunningham/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
Nice short trip up a narrow canyon. We were in Death Valley after a couple days when it had rained and the park service had a lot of the place closed, so this was open and quite crowded. Enjoyable.
A nice simple hike with a lovely natural bridge along the way.
Very easy hike for all. The trail is a wash through a narrow canyon with some loose sandy spots. The natural bridge is impressive but continuing the hike further back to the dry falls is well worth it. Interesting sheer cliffs and evidence of past water falls provide beautiful scenery along the way through the canyon. This is short enough in distance and time that provisions normally taken on a hike can be left behind if desired.
My partner and I did this trail around noon, which is the hottest time to do anything, and we had a blast. The view of the bridge is perfect with the walls of the canyon closing in on you. It has a steady climb that would be no problem under ideal conditions, but with the heat and lack of air movement made it a difficult hike. We suggest you bring double the water on this trek to be safe. On the way down you can see for miles and it is breathtakingly beautiful.
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