Red Cathedral Out-and-Back
ElevationAscent: 522' 159 m
Descent: -522' -159 m
High: 397' 121 m
Low: -125' -38 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)
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“A three mile round trip out-and-back run offering close-up views of canyons carved by flash floods.”— Kathy Bass
After following the canyon for a mile, a sign marks the way to Red Cathedral via Upper Golden Canyon Trail - Red Cathedral Access. Pay attention on the way; rocks should be lined up to prevent you from turning down a wrong canyon, but stay mindful of your surroundings. In the section to Red Cathedral there are several places where you have to squeeze in a narrow and places where you have to crouch under rocks to continue on. There are usually several approaches to each obstacle so take some time to plan you approach and stay safe.
After a narrow portion, the canyon widens an reveals Red Cathedral which is a truly awesome sight. Take a moment to rest and enjoy the beauty and silence before heading back the way you came.
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Land Manager: NPS - Death Valley National Park