Badwater Salt Flat Trail is a 1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Death Valley, CA that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible from October until March. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Furnace Creek: Drive southward on Highway 190,17 miles to the Badwater parking area. The route begins from this trailhead.
Panoramic view of this alien landscape in its complete glory will leave you spell bounded
Cool thing to see, you don't have to walk that far if you don't wish to
Went here with my mom after we hiked out of the Grand Canyon! Very hot-it was 125 degrees when we were here! Easy walk in the lowest place on the country and very cool to see the salt crystallization. Despite the heat, it was still quite crowded here, but not unbearably crowded.
This was quite an experience. Not only are you walking in North America's lowest, driest, hottest landscape, but you also are surrounded by a dry lake bed of pure salt! The salt is formed into delicate crystals that are outlandish to see close-up. Very easy stroll. The trail drops you off at the salt flat and people are free to wander. Obviously no shade, and can be very hot (although in February it wasn't unbearable...83F).
This area was amazing for two reasons: you get to experience the lowest place on the continent, and the salt-flats are uniquely beautiful. The walk to the flats isn't much of a "trail", and it is disturbingly busy during the springtime, but you can still walk out far enough to find your own space and enjoy the views. If you leave without tasting the salt (yes, I mean touching the ground and licking your finger) you didn't really experience this!
One of the more interesting areas I've traveled through. Definitely worth getting out and going down to the lowest place in North America. The salt makes the trail a bit hard to walk on even though it has been worn down. Makes for some great pictures as well.
Didn't realize there was a trail here but stopped at Devil's golf course for some pics. Truly one of the most unique "habitats" I've seen. The salt is so strong you can actually taste it from be air.
Nice hike w young children. Cool & very windy in winter.
Great complement to the Dante's View Death Valley trip - see the highs and the lows - it was still buy chilly here
In my estimation, this is one of the big reasons to visit Death Valley--it's the lowest point in the western hemisphere. Do it in the morning and wear sunscreen. Nice views of the surrounding mountains. It's gonna be hot!
Wear sunglasses and sunscreen; you'll get a full dose of sun from above and below due to the white salt.
Not much of a hike work-out, but great to see the lowest point of elevation in California. Interesting & unique desert terrain. Tasted the salt--and yes it could be a bad idea--but I did and it was salty.
Great hiking opportunities down the road at Golden Canyon and Natural Bridge.
Grand Canyon, Mt Rushmore, and Badwater basin are all places every 'Merican should visit. Why? Because Freedom!
Unique and interesting, at first. Then just became hot!!!!
Certainly a point of requisite for any visit to Death Valley National Park, though hardly a hike. I would recommend coordinating your stop NOT at midday.
Worth a visit but expect it to be hot and crowded. It is interesting though and not very difficult to walk around. If you're in the area, check it out. Brings lots of water and sunscreen.