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Funeral Slot Canyon Spur



0.5 mile 0.8 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 192' 59 m
Descent: -16' -5 m
High: 1,317' 401 m
Low: 1,140' 347 m


Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 24% (13°)


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Trail shared by Bruce Hope

The longer, but less narrow, main branch of Funeral Slot Canyon.

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Features Geological Significance

This trail is in Death Valley National Park and an entry fee is required. The informal trailhead for this hike is at or near the day use area in the Texas Springs Campground. Do not park in any of the campsites. There are toilets and water at the campground, which is closed during the summer months.

Need to Know

There is no formal trailhead for this hike but you can start from the day use area in the Texas Springs Campground. There isn't room there for more than 2-3 vehicles but there's a little more parking at a wide spot along the road about 200 feet to the northwest. The best time to do this hike is between November and April, as it's too hot to do during the summer months. The campground is also closed during those months, forcing you to start from Highway 190 and add 1.4 HOT miles to the hike.


Follow the Funeral Slot Canyon route from Texas Springs Campground for 3.5 miles to a fork in the main canyon (marked with a large white boulder). Taking the right fork here will lead you to the truly deep and narrow section that some guidebooks call The Slot. This spur continues straight ahead up the main canyon.

There are a few narrow and interesting sections along here but none quite as nice as those in the The Slot. About a 0.5 miles up-canyon from the fork to The Slot, you come to a glass-smooth 15-foot fall which can be by-passed up a steep gully on the right. Doing so requires climbing skills that go beyond hiking. The canyon continues on above the fall, but starts to widen, so you're not missing any narrows by making this the turn-around point for your hike.

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In the main canyon of Funeral Slot Canyon
Jan 30, 2020 near Badwater, CA
One of the narrower spots in the main canyon of Funeral Slot Canyon
Jan 30, 2020 near Badwater, CA
In The Slot of Funeral Slot Canyon
Jan 30, 2020 near Badwater, CA


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