Badwater Basin is a 2 mile out and back trail located near Shoshone, CA and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from October until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
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.
stark and beautiful but be prepared to share the experience--there were quite a few people when we were there.
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.
Walked this trail in late winter 2002...timed it right because it was only 70 degrees when walked. Very interesting salt formations and forms the lowest point in the United States.
Go in the winter to avoid the big crowds, but I think there's always a small amount of people here. It's a nice geographic with a lot of endemic qualities. The hexagons that form in the salt, the snails in the Badwater pool. Overall, it's a nice stop.
Busy trail. Lots of kids and families. Yelling and screaming. Some folks even walked their dog (which couldn't be good for the pooch).
Otherwise, cool to say you've been to the lowest place in the US.
You cannot miss this when you're in Death Valley. Not so much of a hike but is a stunning place to be nonetheless. It's basically flat salt lake that used to be the biggest water source in Death Valley very long time ago.
The geographic is interesting, and did I mention that you'll be standing in the lowest place in the country?
Very neat and well worth the walk!
Did this hike last week in extreme heat. Take plenty of water and drink it in hot weather.
Make sure you walk way past the boardwalk and the well packed "highway" to get to the good stuff.
Came out here about 3 days after a rare rainstorm. The basin was "filled" with about 3 inches of water across the entire basin. The mountains were snow capped ad the water like glass. I was there at sunrise and have memories and pictures I'll always treasure.
Awesome place has an eerie feeling if you walk out there for a while.
I thought this was really cool to visit and worth the time but it gets really hot so be prepared. Use good sunblock and take lots of water. It isn't really hard at all to walk out there but the heat can get bad.
Not the most challenging hike when it is only in the 80's, and the visual impact probably depends on the individual, but it's a must-do. My wife took a picture of me by the Badwater sign, and many let that suffice, but how can you be that close to the lowest point in the hemisphere, and not go to the actual spot - not where the sign is? Besides, my wife enjoyed playing the nearby, lowest elevation golfcourse.
very hot don't forget to take water with you :)