Desolation Canyon Trail

Baker, California

Desolation Canyon Trail

Desolation Canyon Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This is an enjoyable and highly scenic canyon hike for anyone, but it is especially appreciated by those without a four-wheel-drive vehicle in that access is just off the paved highway by way of a short, smooth dirt road. Despite its proximity to both the Badwater Road and Artist’s Drive, the narrow canyon provides a deep feeling of intimacy and solitude. The entire out-and-back trip provides a superb opportunity to observe the dynamics of badlands erosion which is everywhere, from mud-filled gullies to bizarre eroded shapes overlooking the canyon."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
680 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
2 hours
Early November to mid-April.
60 feet
Trailhead Elevation
620 feet
Top Elevation
Death Valley National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Furnace Creek
Local Maps

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