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Surprise Canyon (Backpacking) Professional Review and Guide
"If there is one place in Death Valley National Park that makes sense to explore with a backpack, it has to be Surprise Canyon. In a desert world-famous for its extreme dryness and record-high temperatures, this anomalous canyon is blessed with several streams, and for a change you do not have to carry massive amounts of water. It is also exceptionally beautiful. From the end of the road in the lower canyon, you hike through a series of idyllic springs coursed by spirited creeks to Panamint City, one of the most remote and historically significant mining centers in the California desert. Lost in seldomvisited high-desert country, within walking distance of perennial streams, this legendary site is a wonderful camping location from which to explore the area on leisurely hikes for two days."
--Author varies by trail, Backpacking California: Mountain, Foothill, Coastal, & Desert Adventures in the Golden State (Wilderness Press).
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