Monarch Canyon/Mine

Death Valley, California

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This out-and-back hike takes you down a rocky canyon in the Funeral Mountains to an 80-foot dry fall, a well-preserved stamp mill, and a desert spring. At 0.6 mile the road ends above a striking 80-foot dry fall. A major side canyon enters from the left, bounded by high cliffs marked by folded, multicolored bands of rock. Continue left around the falls on the old mining trail. After another 0.1 mile the trail drops to the wash, which is covered with horsetails and Mormon tea. This is favored habitat for quail and other birds. The base of the dry fall is definitely worth visiting, so turn right and walk 0.1 mile up to the precipice. In addition to the main wide falls, another smaller but equally high falls guards the canyon bowl to the left. The canyon walls are distinguished by shelf rock catch basins, overhangs, and contorted layers of colorful, twisted rock.
Hiking Death Valley National Park

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Hiking Death Valley National Park

by Bill and Polly Cunningham (Falcon Guides)

This out-and-back hike takes you down a rocky canyon in the Funeral Mountains to an 80-foot dry fall, a well-preserved stamp mill, and a desert spring. At 0.6 mile the road ends above a striking 80-foot dry fall. A major side canyon enters from the left, bounded by high cliffs marked by folded, multicolored bands of rock. Continue left around the falls on the old mining trail. After another 0.1 mile the trail drops to the wash, which is covered with horsetails and Mormon tea. This is favored habitat for quail and other birds.

The base of the dry fall is definitely worth visiting, so turn right and walk 0.1 mile up to the precipice. In addition to the main wide falls, another smaller but equally high falls guards the canyon bowl to the left. The canyon walls are distinguished by shelf rock catch basins, overhangs, and contorted layers of colorful, twisted rock.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Death Valley
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2-3 hours
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 Chloride City-CA
Driving Directions: Directions to Monarch Canyon/Mine

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