Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes Trail is a 1.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Death Valley, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from October until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
A desert sand dune experience as in Sahara
Amazing scenic views! The sand is awesome! You don't feel as if you are in NV/CA
Best time to visit: early morning, just as the sun is coming up. If you're a photographer, try to time it so you visit right after a windstorm has swept the dunes clear of tracks: otherwise, you get a lot of footprints and very few undisturbed dunes with ripple marks. It's worth the easy hike to the top of the highest dune, just to get the views of the valley and the surrounding dunes. Most people seem to stay close to the parking area, and don't venture more than 300 yards form the trailhead -- they have no idea what they're missing! Periodic flash floods come from the nearby canyons and bring fine silt into the dunes, where it hardens into cracked mud flats among the dunes; a rather unusual sight and a compelling photographic subject.
3 year old wanted to keep going and going. Took our shoes off and loved the feeling of the sand beneath our feet. Don't have any clue why the first reviewer here said that people don't take this hike. The parking lot was full. (Could be that we went on Easter though.)
Easy peasy hike.
I don't know why most people don't make the effort to hike out to the high dunes, but then I really appreciated the quietness and the feeling of solitary I got from being one of the few people out in the dunes.
Hiking out to the high dune will only take about 30 minutes and it is mostly flat with some up and down until you get to the high point. Being only a few hundreds feet high, it is a very easy ascend. The 360 panoramic view of the valley and the dune area is far beyond worth it.
In the afternoon, it will get really windy so prepare to get sand in your cloth, backpack, ears, and shoes.
It was an amazing experience and definitely a must do when you're in Death Valley.