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Death Valley Cottonwood-Marble Canyon Loop

San Diego Backpackers
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Dec 02 7:30AM - 5:30PM

Copied from nps.gov (https://www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/backpacking.htm)

Difficulty: Intermediate Backpacking Trip

Mileage: 16 miles

Elevation Gain/Loss: 1500'/3600'

Type of hike: walk dirt road; no trail; gravel wash and cross-country; some brushy areas.

Water: Seasonal springs in upper Cottonwood Canyon and Deadhorse Canyon. There was water last year by early November. They post online when the springs are flowing.

Vehicle Needed: High clearance to get to canyon mouth. I have a 4x4 but we will need another to do the car shuttle.

Link to Map (https://www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/upload/Cottonwood-Marble-Canyon-Loop-Map.pdf)

Pictures from last year:

Just because summer is over doesn't mean we can't go backpacking! We did this trip last year, check out the photos here: Fall 2016 trip (https://www.meetup.com/SanDiegoBackpackers/events/235721845/)

We're going to need another 4x4 to do the car shuttle and two more if we've got more than 8 people. Trip is contingent on there being water at Deadhorse Spring.

Day 0 (Friday): Me and whoever else is in my 4x4 will leave San Diego in the morning. We should get there in time to climb the Mesquite sand dunes. We'll then drive to the end of Marble Canyon road to camp.

Saturday: Hopefully everyone will make it to our camp on Friday night or Saturday morning. There is no cellphone coverage in the canyon. We will leave one vehicle behind, pile everyone into the remaining vehicle(s) and head up to the end Cottonwood Canyon road.

Hike up Cottonwood Canyon and to Deadhorse spring to camp (9.5 miles).

Sunday:

Hike down Deadhorse Canyon to Marble Canyon back to the car (6.5 miles). There is an optional side hike up Marble canyon. Retrieve the vehicles from the end of Cottonwood Canyon road.

Miscellaneous

Keep in mind that we will be camping at ~4000 feet. Expect lows to be near freezing at night!

GPX (https://www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/upload/Full-Cottonwood_Marble_VUA_Trip_2016.gpx)

NPS Description (https://www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/upload/Cottonwood-Marble-Canyon-Route-Handout.pdf)

Offroad map (https://www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/upload/Death-Valley-Backcountry-Roads.pdf)

Weather Report (http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-117.39276206005471&lat=36.544107374151466#.WDJP_DtzK-I)

DISCLAIMER: Hike at your own risk. Be responsible for yourself and your safety. Make good decisions. With any trip, things can change, reservations can get lost, the unexpected can happen. A go-with-the-flow attitude is always a good thing, and most importantly, let's all have fun! This is a beginner/intermediate hike. Make sure you are in good enough physical shape for the distance, elevation changes, and terrain. The hike leaders in this group aren't professional hike leaders. By signing up for these events, you agree not to hold the Meetup organizers responsible for whatever happens to you on these events. The hiking group does not certify the expertise of the organizers, the event or assistant organizers (hike leaders) and...We are NOT responsible for any possible losses or injuries.

How to find us:We'll be camped at the end of Marble Canyon road.

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