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Gower Gulch Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

3.0 mile 4.8 kilometer point to point
95% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 25' 8 m
Descent: -685' -209 m
High: 520' 158 m
Low: -161' -49 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (3°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)

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Explore Gower Gulch with many loop options.

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Description

The route from Gower Gulch back to the parking area is gradually downhill offering tight canyon narrows near the canyon mouth where a 25ft (7.6m) dryfall is bypassed on its north side. Minor rock scrambling is necessary to complete the entire route as you climb over and down 4ft (1.2m) ledges.

Utilizing the Golden Canyon Trail and the Gower Gulch Loop Connector, one can make various loops ranging from a couple miles to +6 miles.

Need to Know
Drink plenty of water: Drink at least one gallon (4 liters) of water per day to replace loss from sweat, more if you are active. Fluid and electrolyte levels must be balanced, so have salty foods or "sports drinks" too.
Avoid running in the heat: Do not run in the low elevations when temperatures are hot. The mountains are cooler in summer, but can have snow and ice in winter.
Travel prepared to survive: Stay on paved roads in summer. If your car breaks down, stay with it until help comes. Carry extra drinking water in your car in case of emergency.
Watch for signs of trouble: If you feel dizzy, nauseous, or a headache, get out of the sun immediately and drink water or sports drinks. Dampen clothing to lower body temperature. Be alert for symptoms in others.

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Entrance to Golden Canyon
Jan 24, 2016 near Badwater, CA
In the raw canyon
Oct 17, 2018 near Badwater, CA
Firey cloud and sky after sunset.
Apr 21, 2016 near Badwater, CA
The mouth of Gower Gulch is truly a sight to see.
May 7, 2017 near Badwater, CA
Manly Beacon from the Golden Canyon Trail
Mar 14, 2018 near Badwater, CA
A wide sandy wash runs through Gower Gulch.
May 7, 2017 near Badwater, CA

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