Palmer Canyon

Death Valley, California

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Palmer Canyon is a complementary blend of its better-known neighbors to the south and north: Fall and Red Wall Canyons. With colorful badlands, arches, monumental cliff walls, one of the loftiest dry falls in Death Valley, and a reasonable chance to see desert bighorn sheep, Palmer has it all. An obvious user-created trail leads north from the trailhead at the mouth of Titus Canyon. It reaches the south ridge above the Fall Canyon wash at 0.8 mile. Look for a faint trail that crosses the wash. After crossing the wash, climb the opposite (north) ridge and follow the ridgeline downhill. You’ll be hiking in a west–northwest direction facing toward the distant Cottonwood Mountains. Drop into the first side canyon at mile 1.1 which might be marked with a small rock cairn. At 1.4 miles you’ll pass beneath a small, light-colored arch with badlands beyond. The main canyon continues down to the left.
Hiking Death Valley National Park

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Hiking Death Valley National Park

by Bill and Polly Cunningham (Falcon Guides)

Palmer Canyon is a complementary blend of its better-known neighbors to the south and north: Fall and Red Wall Canyons. With colorful badlands, arches, monumental cliff walls, one of the loftiest dry falls in Death Valley, and a reasonable chance to see desert bighorn sheep, Palmer has it all.

An obvious user-created trail leads north from the trailhead at the mouth of Titus Canyon. It reaches the south ridge above the Fall Canyon wash at 0.8 mile. Look for a faint trail that crosses the wash. After crossing the wash, climb the opposite (north) ridge and follow the ridgeline downhill. You’ll be hiking in a west–northwest direction facing toward the distant Cottonwood Mountains.

Drop into the first side canyon at mile 1.1 which might be marked with a small rock cairn. At 1.4 miles you’ll pass beneath a small, light-colored arch with badlands beyond. The main canyon continues down to the left.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Death Valley
Distance: 9.6
Elevation Gain: 2,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 6-8 hours
Season: Best season: Late October to 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 Fall Canyon-CA
Driving Directions: Directions to Palmer Canyon

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