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» Hiking Death Valley: A Guide to Its Natural Wonders and Mining Past (542 pages, 2004) by Michel Digonnet: This book is the Bible for Death Valley hikes. Most hikes in Death Valley are cross-country, marked by cairns. This book describes dozens of such routes with maps and elevation profiles.
The route is well described in the book Hiking Death Valley: A Guide to Its Natural Wonders and Mining Past
(542 pages, 2004) by Michel Digonnet, a Stanford Professor who has extensively hiked in Death Valley over the last thirty years.
0.9 miles to mouth of canyon: Follow a clearly marked trail that starts from the left of the restroom at the trail head. After 0.9 miles, the trail enters the wash of Fall Canyon.
2.5 miles to 18-ft dry fall: Very quickly upon entering Fall Canyon, one is greeted with high walls on both sides. In 2.5 miles, there is an 18-ft dry fall that may be bypassed by a short trail on the south side (if you're facing the fall, the trail would be on your right), about 300 feet before the fall. A class 4 climb up a short chimney, followed by some steep sections lead you to a point right beyond the dry fall. In Dec 2011, four of us were able to negotiate the climb comfortably without any climbing equipment. The best part of the narrows inside Fall Canyon lies beyond the 18-ft dry fall. So making the effort to negotiate the bypass is really worthwhile.
0.9 miles to end of narrows: This section of Fall Canyon is especially beautiful with the tightest of winding narrows. The canyon actually continues all the way to Wahguyhe Peak for a 15-mile one-way hike. See Digonnet's book for details. However, about 0.9 miles beyond the 18-ft dry fall, the canyon opens up. This is a good point to turn back for a very satisfying hike.