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.
The sedimentary layers are spectacular. Kind of slick with a excited 6 year old running around on the marble and quartz, but worth it. The kids liked how the trail narrowed.
This is a pretty busy canyon, but is a great short walk if you have an hour or two. It starts out narrow, walking single file through smooth marble walls. It quickly opens up into a wide valley with occasional scrambles around passages blocked by boulders. Very interesting dry waterfall at the end of the hike. On our way back, we scrambled up the north side of the canyon wall for an amazing view up into the canyon and out over Stovepipe Wells and the valley.
We did this one on a weekend with 100F+ temps and it was still very bearable. Quite a few welcome shady spots and great geology - very smooth and stripy rock formations.
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