Foundry Canyon

Death Valley, California

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For the Death Valley canyon collector, this short hike is a must. With dramatic elevation gain and cool labyrinthine slots running deep into a cleft of the Black Mountain range, Foundry Canyon will challenge any hiker’s range of adjectives. From the parking area on the east side of Badwater Road, head up the sandy wash wending its way up the alluvial fan toward the Black Mountain range. With good scouting and a bit of luck, the creosote-dotted path will take you all the way to the canyon mouth, 0.6 mile away. We discovered this route on our way down from the canyon, and it was vastly more pleasant than the heavily cobbled route we stumbled up.
Hiking Death Valley National Park

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Hiking Death Valley National Park

by Bill and Polly Cunningham (Falcon Guides)

For the Death Valley canyon collector, this short hike is a must. With dramatic elevation gain and cool labyrinthine slots running deep into a cleft of the Black Mountain range, Foundry Canyon will challenge any hiker’s range of adjectives.

From the parking area on the east side of Badwater Road, head up the sandy wash wending its way up the alluvial fan toward the Black Mountain range. With good scouting and a bit of luck, the creosote-dotted path will take you all the way to the canyon mouth, 0.6 mile away. We discovered this route on our way down from the canyon, and it was vastly more pleasant than the heavily cobbled route we stumbled up.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Death Valley
Distance: 5
Elevation Gain: 1,036 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4-5 hours
Season: Best season: Mid-October to mid-March
Local Contacts: Furnace Creek Visitor Center; (760) 786-3200; www.nps.gov/deva
Local Maps: NPS Death Valley Visitors Map; Trails Illustrated Death Valley National Park Map; USGS Shore Line Butte-CA
Driving Directions: Directions to Foundry Canyon

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