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Scotty's Grave + Tie Canyon Trail Hike

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley, California

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Scotty's Grave + Tie Canyon Trail Hike

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  • Beginning the hike to Scotty's Grave.- Scotty's Grave + Tie Canyon Trail Hike
  • Starting to ascend the hill to the grave.- Scotty's Grave + Tie Canyon Trail Hike
  • Nearing the top.- Scotty's Grave + Tie Canyon Trail Hike
  • Dedication to Death Valley Scotty.- Scotty's Grave + Tie Canyon Trail Hike
  • Scotty's grave site.- Scotty's Grave + Tie Canyon Trail Hike
  • The memorial for Scotty's wife, Windy.- Scotty's Grave + Tie Canyon Trail Hike
  • Scotty's grave site.- Scotty's Grave + Tie Canyon Trail Hike
  • Viewing bench.- Scotty's Grave + Tie Canyon Trail Hike
  • Looking down on Death Valley Ranch.- Scotty's Grave + Tie Canyon Trail Hike
  • Pile of rail ties.- Scotty's Grave + Tie Canyon Trail Hike
  • An old trailer on the Tie Canyon Trail.- Scotty's Grave + Tie Canyon Trail Hike
  • Pile of rail ties.- Scotty's Grave + Tie Canyon Trail Hike
  • Old rusted car on the Tie Canyon Trail.- Scotty's Grave + Tie Canyon Trail Hike
  • Tie Canyon Trail.- Scotty's Grave + Tie Canyon Trail Hike
  • Tie Canyon Trail.- Scotty's Grave + Tie Canyon Trail Hike
  • Tie Canyon Trail.- Scotty's Grave + Tie Canyon Trail Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Short hike.
Cons: 
None.
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Alerts: 
Floods from a severe thunderstorm on October 18, 2015 have caused extensive damage to the roads accessing Scotty's Castle and to surrounding structures. Scotty's Castle is closed until further notice, as is Mesquite Campground.
Region:
Death Valley, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
160.00 ft (48.77 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.25 mi (2.01 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,000.00 ft (914.40 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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If you are killing time waiting for a tour at Scotty's Castle or just want a decent view of the Grapevine area, take a hike up to where the famed Death Valley Scotty was buried. This short 0.5-mile hike leads you around the clock tower and up a small hill to overlook the castle facilities and Death Valley National Park. Scotty's grave and a plaque dedicated to him sit at the top along with a bench to enjoy the views.

On the way back down, be sure to take a stroll through Tie Canyon. This area is essentially a graveyard for all the materials and machines used to build and maintain the property. This three-quarter-mile loop takes you through piles and piles of railroad ties and old rusted out vehicles. The ground is flat and walking is easy going. The trailhead for these two trails is near the picnic area in the parking lot. 

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