Upper Hole-in-the-Wall

Death Valley, California

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This interesting cross-country canyon trek has lots to see, from marine fossils to grand mountain vistas. Short canyon narrows, geologic wonders, plant species found only in Death Valley, and moderate bouldering add variety to this long loop in the Funeral Mountains. At the upper trailhead you’ll find remnants of an old travertine quarry. There is another quarry just over the ridge to the north in a small canyon of red sandstone. The quarries produced building stone for the Furnace Creek Inn. From the upper parking area, hike east for about 0.4 mile to the end of the travertine ridge on the left. You might find pictographs in this area. At this point the basin becomes wider and seems strangely remote, despite its proximity to busy Furnace Creek. Plants of this Mojave Desert ecosystem include creosote, rabbitbrush, barrel cacti, and sweetbush favored by bighorn sheep.
Hiking Death Valley National Park

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Hiking Death Valley National Park

by Bill and Polly Cunningham (Falcon Guides)

This interesting cross-country canyon trek has lots to see, from marine fossils to grand mountain vistas. Short canyon narrows, geologic wonders, plant species found only in Death Valley, and moderate bouldering add variety to this long loop in the Funeral Mountains.

At the upper trailhead you’ll find remnants of an old travertine quarry. There is another quarry just over the ridge to the north in a small canyon of red sandstone. The quarries produced building stone for the Furnace Creek Inn. From the upper parking area, hike east for about 0.4 mile to the end of the travertine ridge on the left. You might find pictographs in this area. At this point the basin becomes wider and seems strangely remote, despite its proximity to busy Furnace Creek. Plants of this Mojave Desert ecosystem include creosote, rabbitbrush, barrel cacti, and sweetbush favored by bighorn sheep.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Death Valley
Distance: 11
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 6-8 hours
Season: Best season: Mid-October through mid-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 Echo Canyon-CA and East of Echo Canyon-CA
Driving Directions: Directions to Upper Hole-in-the-Wall

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