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.
Sidewinder Canyon Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Bill and Polly Cunningham, Hiking Death Valley National Park (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Bill & Polly Cunningham, Hiking California's Desert Parks (Falcon Guides).
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