Little Bridge Canyon

Death Valley, California

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As its name suggests, this canyon has a natural bridge, as well as an arch. The hike can be done as either a loop or an out and back across a broad alluvial fan. Little Bridge Canyon isn’t deep and narrow, but it does contain several hidden points of wonder, making its exploration interesting and enjoyable. Unlike nearby Grotto and Mosaic Canyons, it is lightly visited, primarily because you must hike about 2.5 miles across a graveled alluvial fan just to reach the canyon entrance. One way to add a bit of spice to these first couple of open desert miles is to approach Little Bridge Canyon by way of a southeast-trending gully that parallels the steep mountain slopes on the right (west).
Hiking Death Valley National Park

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Hiking Death Valley National Park

by Bill and Polly Cunningham (Falcon Guides)

As its name suggests, this canyon has a natural bridge, as well as an arch. The hike can be done as either a loop or an out and back across a broad alluvial fan. Little Bridge Canyon isn’t deep and narrow, but it does contain several hidden points of wonder, making its exploration interesting and enjoyable.

Unlike nearby Grotto and Mosaic Canyons, it is lightly visited, primarily because you must hike about 2.5 miles across a graveled alluvial fan just to reach the canyon entrance. One way to add a bit of spice to these first couple of open desert miles is to approach Little Bridge Canyon by
way of a southeast-trending gully that parallels the steep mountain slopes on the right (west).

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Death Valley
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 2,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3-4 hours
Season: Best season: Mid-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 Grotto Canyon-CA
Driving Directions: Directions to Little Bridge Canyon

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