Mosaic Canyon is definitely one of the great places in Death Valley. It's an amazing experience to walk through the narrows located at the bottom of the canyon. Mosaic Canyon is located right near Stovepipe Wells. You just turn off on a gravel road where the sign directs you, and after a few short miles of uphill driving you'll be in the parking area. You get to see the coolest stuff right from the start. I'm talking about the beautiful displays of different colored rock that make up the canyon walls. The panoramic close-up shot which is used above hardly looks like it could be a natural formation, but it is. Then, as you continue walking up the canyon, it widens out and you continue to see interesting things. At the very end of the canyon, there is a massive dry fall that blocks your progress. But near there, you can find a slightly risky bypass up to the rim trail that takes you up high, giving you a different route back. You can see a few views from that return hike in the last few pictures.  This report covers the 1st and 2nd narrows of Mosaic Canyon, while the report on Upper Mosaic Canyon covers the 3rd and 4th narrows, which very few people have ever seen.  At the end, you will see some pictures that I took from the 1st Narrows overlook trail, which provided some excellent views into those narrows.
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There is a large parking area at Mosaic Canyon for the loads of tourists who visit each day.  This is the start of the hike into Lower Mosaic Canyon:
Entering the first narrows almost immediately, you quickly realize that this is a special place:
The next four pictures show you the early part of the first narrows:
Annie standing in the early part of the first narrows, at the same place as the picture taken above:
John Leidel also at this popular spot, but on a different trip:
The next four pictures show you the middle portion of the first narrows:
Jered getting his picture taken in the middle of the first narrows:
Steve at basically the same spot where Jered had his picture taken, but on a different trip:
The next three pictures show close-ups of the intricate designs which are part of the walls of Mosaic:
My sister Annie in my favorite picture ever from Mosaic Canyon:
Getting a photo from a distance to show you the size of this place:
The next four pictures were taken at the upper portion of the first narrows.  After that, the canyon opened up again for a while:
This boulder jam is the gateway into the second narrows.  It needs to be bypassed on the left side to continue:
The next two pictures show typical canyon walls in the second narrows:
A fun and easy dry fall to climb near the beginning of the second narrows:
Steve enjoying the easy climb and then stopping for a picture:
Rounding a bend just before reaching an obstacle in the second narrows:
This is the 18 foot dry fall which blocks progress.  It's way too dangerous to climb:
Fortunately, there is an easy bypass trail to the right if you backtrack a short distance in the canyon, allowing you to continue further:
Looking over the edge of the 18 foot dry fall at the canyon below:
This is technically the end of the second narrows, but the canyon continues on without opening up too much, as the next five photos reveal:
Just before you reach the third narrows, an obstacle is encountered which results in the end of the hike for nearly everybody.  This 25 foot dry fall closes the lower portion of Mosaic Canyon:
Steve at the 25 foot dry fall in a March 2009 photo.  Up until this trip, I had been to Mosaic Canyon five or more times, yet I had never progressed past this menacing obstacle:
But on a couple of trips, I had backtracked a short distance and climbed up this somewhat risky bypass route leading to the rim trail:
The bypass trail is pretty easy to follow, but it's very steep and also has one or two dangerous crossings.  For those who are not climbers, it might be better to take the main canyon back down to the parking area:
Looking back down on the end of Lower Mosaic Canyon and the 25 foot dry fall:
John Leidel has hiked the rim trail with me as a loop hike:
In this picture, the bypass trail from the bottom of the canyon reaches a junction.  To the left, the trail heads down to the lower part of the canyon.  To the right, the trail head into Upper Mosaic Canyon, which is covered in the Trip Report for that section:
Heading down the rim trail, which provides some outstanding views of Death Valley and the Mesquite Flat area:
Steve has hiked down the rim trail on at least three different occasions:
The final two pictures give you a glimpse of the grand views before reconnecting with the canyon floor:
This final group of pictures was taken during our March 2011 hike into Lower Mosaic Canyon.  Notice here the beautiful golden glow of the afternoon sun:
I ended up hiking up to a trail which I hadn't noticed before, which follows the top of the 1st narrows.  The next five pictures were all taken from this 1st Narrows overlook trail: