“Spectacular views of the badlands at Zabriskie Point.”
— Jim Herzog
A challenging hike with 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.
This looks down on Zabriskie Point lookout and the entire badlands. Few hike 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.
It is difficult to get started - north of the parking lot there is a sign to the 'Golden Canyon' trail, but instead of hiking down the 'Golden Canyon' trail, climb up the sandstone wall that is right there. This is the hardest part of the hike, and it takes some climbing, but if you look you can see how it can be done.
Thereafter, the hike has decent trails, but at times can be very winding on narrow trails with serious drop offs. With moderate effort you can hike this trail, most of it right along the crest of the Red Cathedral Canyon, all the way to Manley Beacon. Then, if you are brave (and crazy), you can actually hike along the rim of Manley Beacon.