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Roads and Trails - Backpacking Hikes & Trails

Bighorn Gorge

Scotty's Castle Area
    Difficulty: strenuous

    Type of hike:
    no trail; walk gravel wash and cross-country, some rock scrambling.

    Distance:
    10 miles from Scotty’s Castle Road to upper dry fall

    Elevation gain:
    4000 feet

    Water: no

    Start:
    3.9 miles south of Grapevine Ranger Station on Scotty’s Castle Road.

    Vehicle needed: all vehicles

    Maps:
    Tin Mountain and Whitetop Mountain 7.5 minute topos

    Comments:
    From the Scotty’s Castle Road, hike down to Death Valley Wash then follow main drainage up alluvial fan to canyon. Several small dry falls are easily passed, but at upper end of gorge an 80 foot dry fall requires scrambling up talus slope on north side to continue beyond. No camping within 2 miles of the road.
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