In The Desert
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Sidewinder Canyon, California
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"This area is very remote. Bring tons of water. On a 90 degree day I drank 5 - 20 ounce water bottles and one 30 ounce tea. The total hike was 6.7 miles. We walked to the end and then only hit the last two slot canyons. The first slot canyon is a mile from the opening of the wash of the canyon. The first slot is the one from the movie we watched. If you go under the rock you have to be very skinny, or pretty agile to climb over the rock. We were tired and left it for another day."
Scott's narative of his hiking trip to Sidewinder Canyon.
Scott was asked how the road in the desert was on the way in? His answer: "Not even a single washboard."
"My wife (Teresa) and I went to Death Valley for a couple days. We heard about this trail Sidewinder Canyon in a movie, and had to try it out! Beautiful canyon down by Mormon point, Three slot canyons come off the main canyon that is two miles long. Tons of exploring. We only saw one other person while there for about 4 hours."
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Here is a very short video / slideshow of Scott & Teresa's hike in Sidewinder Canyon in Death Valley. If you've never been there then you are missing some really neat slot canyons
Download the gpx track for the hike through the canyon --
Sidewinder Canyon Topo Map
Early spring or fall would be the best times to take this hike in Death Valley. As you can see by the photos above there has to be more to see in this neat canyon area. If you like to hike, give this one a try. Be safe out there!
Thanks again to Scott & Teresa for sharing this adventure!