Pyramid Canyon

Death Valley, California

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This is an easily accessible, waterless, out-and-back canyon hike with layered, color-banded mountains. The mountains close into a narrow, dark chasm that is blocked in several places by boulders. Some of the limestone in the surrounding Furnace Creek Formation is probably travertine that was laid down by volcanic hot springs. Travertine Point rises just east of the trailhead on the south side of the canyon. Pyramid Canyon is not an official place name on the map but is used here to identify the hike. When viewed from the mouth of Pyramid Canyon, the imposing, aptly named massif of Pyramid Peak dominates the skyline to the northeast. After 0.25 mile you’ll come to an old, rusted car body halfway buried in the wash—proof positive that you’re in the right canyon. Barrel cacti dot the surrounding alluvial-fan conglomerate.
Hiking Death Valley National Park

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Hiking Death Valley National Park

by Bill and Polly Cunningham (Falcon Guides)

This is an easily accessible, waterless, out-and-back canyon hike with layered, color-banded mountains. The mountains close into a narrow, dark chasm that is blocked in several places by boulders.

Some of the limestone in the surrounding Furnace Creek Formation is probably travertine that was laid down by volcanic hot springs. Travertine Point rises just east of the trailhead on the south side of the canyon. Pyramid Canyon is not an official place name on the map but is used here to identify the hike.

When viewed from the mouth of Pyramid Canyon, the imposing, aptly named massif of Pyramid Peak dominates the skyline to the northeast. After 0.25 mile you’ll come to an old, rusted car body halfway buried in the wash—proof positive that you’re in the right canyon. Barrel cacti dot the surrounding alluvial-fan conglomerate.

© 2017 Bill and Polly Cunningham/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Death Valley
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2-3 hours
Season: Best season: October through April
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 Ryan-CA and Echo Canyon-CA
Driving Directions: Directions to Pyramid Canyon

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