Badwater Salt Flat Trail is a 1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Death Valley, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and camping and is accessible from October until March. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Lowest to Highest trail is a 140 mile point to point trail that begins at Badwater Basin in Death Valley and ends at Mt. Whitney and is rated as strenuous. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible spring, summer and fall. Hike from the lowest point to the highest point in the US. L2H trail is different than the L2H marathon race. The trail tends to stay away from roads as much as possible. The trail will take you through alot of desert without water. Do research on optimal water cache points and carry lots of water. There are springs, some stores, and campground spigots along the trail. As with everything in the desert do not rely on these sources as they may be dried up or closed. There are places to mail yourself supplies do your research and call ahead. Badwater Basin, Darwin falls, Cerro Gordo ghoast town, Mt. Whitney, China Garden Spring, joshua trees, and amazing views. Do some research and planning and you will be pleseantly surprised.
So weird! Look up high on the mountain above you there is a sign that says sea level. Looks like you are walking on snow, but it's white salt!
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).
127 degrees at 7PM at the end of June in 2013, we hit Badwater [it had been 129 degrees at the VC 2 hours earlier]. There were a couple of guys in training running down the road - literally baking in the heat. A couple more were filming for ESPN. The air was really thick near the brine pools and the sun glared at us like "I dare you." The salt flats reflected the heat like an oven and each step was surreal. Luckily the salt flats are really really flat. You can't really describe it, you just have to experience it. Highly recommend it and take LOTS of water.
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.
stark and beautiful but be prepared to share the experience--there were quite a few people when we were there.
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.
Lowest point in the US. It's odd to look up at the sign on the rock wall near the trailhead which shows Sea level and realize you are 240 feet or so below that level. Interesting landscape of salt flats with nice views of Telescope peak and surrounding mountains.
Grand Canyon, Mt Rushmore, and Badwater basin are all places every 'Merican should visit. Why? Because Freedom!