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Cottonwood-Marble Canyon Loop

Stovepipe Wells Area
    Difficulty: strenuous

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

    Distance:
    26 to 30 mile loop

    Elevation gain:
    3000 feet

    Water: yes in upper Cottonwood Canyon and Deadhorse Canyon.

    Start:
    8 to 10 miles from Stovepipe Wells on Cottonwood Canyon Road

    Vehicle needed: high-clearance to canyon mouth; 4x4 beyond

    Maps:
    East of Sand Flat, Cottonwood Canyon, and Harris Hill 7.5 minute topos

    Comments:
    Hike the loop by following the main dirt road to its end, then continue up the Cottonwood drainage. Below the spring, trees line a small stream but brush can be thick. In the valley above the spring, hike northeast to cross over into Deadhorse Canyon and follow it down into Marble Canyon to return to your vehicle. Potential flash flood hazard.
Backountry Road (Map) Geology

    Mouth

    The folding of the sedimentary rocks at the south end of the Grapevine Mountains is more obvious ...

    Cave

    This is a quite unusual cave as it does not have a ...

    Megabreccia

    The limestone was being pulled apart as groundwater precipitated travertine around the ...

    Faults/Springs/Deposits

    At this location, there is a great deal of white travertine on the north ...

Trip Report Links
    Lower Marble Canyon
    It is kind of hard to put into words what it feels like to walk through Marble Canyon. The place is ...

    Upper Marble Canyon
    The hike through Upper Marble Canyon begins at the junction of Marble Canyon and ...

    Cottonwood Canyon
    Cottonwood Canyon is really divided into two different sections, ...
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