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Red Cathedral Canyon Crest

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.4 (9) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Spectacular views of the badlands at Zabriskie Point.


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Map Key

1.7

Miles

2.8

KM

89%

Runnable

919' 280 m

High

681' 208 m

Low

243' 74 m

Up

244' 74 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

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Overview

This is not the trail that goes along the base of the canyon, instead it traverses along the top ridge and looks down on the canyon and it looks down on Zabriskie Point. It has impressive views of the badlands.

Need to Know

No exit to the west, don't even think about it - there is a 40 ft fault line (a sheer drop) all along the western end of this trail. You must go back the way you came.

Description

This looks down on Zabriskie Point lookout and the entire badlands. Few run this trail because it is difficult to get started on the steep and loose sandstone, but once you get past that very first part it is much easier.

To get started - north of the parking lot there is a sign for the 'Golden Canyon' trail, but instead of running down the 'Golden Canyon' trail, climb up the sandstone wall that is right there. It takes some climbing, if you look you can see how it can be done, but do it carefully.

Thereafter, the run has decent trails, but at times it can be on very narrow trails with serious drop offs and stiff winds. Do not attempt to run to the summit of Manley Beacon.

Contacts

Shared By:

Jim Herzog

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  4.4 from 9 votes

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  4.4 from 9 votes
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Recommended Route Rankings

#288

in California

#2,165

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Photos

View of Zabiskie Point.
May 31, 2016 near Badwater, CA
Zabriskie Point by starlight.
Apr 21, 2016 near Badwater, CA
View of Zabriskie Point.
May 31, 2016 near Badwater, CA
Long shadows on the trail
Oct 17, 2018 near Badwater, CA
View of Zabriskie Point from the Red Cathedral Canyon Trail.
May 28, 2016 near Badwater, CA
View from the Red Cathedral Canyon Trail.
May 28, 2016 near Badwater, CA

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