Sidewinder Canyon

Death Valley National Park, California

Elevation Gain1,943ft
Trailhead Elevation-210ft
Elevation Min/Max-210/837ft
Elevation Start/End-210/-210ft

Sidewinder Canyon

Sidewinder Canyon is a hiking trail in Inyo County, California. It is within Death Valley National Park. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at -210 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,943 feet.

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Hiking Death Valley National Park (Falcon Guides)
Bill and Polly Cunningham
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"This steep, rugged canyon opens to grand vistas of the floor of Death Valley. The canyon out-and-back hike has good highway access and doesn’t require a four-wheel-drive vehicle. Narrow tunnels and sheer rock slots require moderate scrambling to dramatic views of Death Valley. Special attractions include several slot side canyons with natural bridges and pour-offs inviting further exploration. The canyon also lies within bighorn sheep habitat."
Hiking California's Desert Parks (Falcon Guides)
Bill & Polly Cunningham
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"Done as either a loop or out-and-back, this excursion into the lower end of rugged Sidewinder Canyon provides a solid introduction to the wild canyon country of the Black Mountains. The suggested loop route is no more strenuous than an out-and-back route up the main Sidewinder Canyon, but has the added advantage of a more diverse hiking experience. This is a canyon loop or out-and-back hike (with good highway access) through narrow tunnels and sheer rock slots requiring moderate scrambling to dramatic view of Death Valley."

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Trail Information

Death Valley National Park
Nearby City
Death Valley National Park
Furnace Creek Visitor Center; (760) 786-3200;
Local Contacts
NPS Death Valley Visitors Map; Trails Illustrated Death Valley National Park Map; USGS Gold Valley-CA
Local Maps