Re: driving to trailhead

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Posted by Art Berggreen on November 06, 2002 at 11:15:09:

In Reply to: Re: driving to trailhead posted by George on November 04, 2002 at 13:57:29:

We were driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee when we were in there last
year, so it was much more capable than most passenger cars. There
was a large parking area just before the road drops down into the
wash. I'd leave passenger cars there. It's still a couple of miles
from there to the narrows in Marble. And Cottonwood continues several
miles to the end of the road (haven't been any further than that).
The loop is supposed to be a great hike (we saw a couple different
backpacking groups when we were in there). I've include a link to
one of our DV trip reports below (there are a few pictures of Cottonwood
and Marble in there), and I've also quoted the info from
the park service description of Cottonwood.

"The road begins east of the Stovepipe Wells airstrip and
travels up the broad alluvial fan before reaching the canyon
mouth. 8 miles in, the road drops into the wash and
becomes rocky and rough. One mile past the end of the
first narrows, a side road leads up Marble Canyon. Hikers can
continue up this canyon beyond road’s end to see
some of the finest canyon narrows in the park. At the
road’s end up Cottonwood Canyon is a flowing stream
lined with cottonwood trees. Please remember, camping is
not permitted within 1/4 mile from any water source in Death
Valley National Park."

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