Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes Trail is a 2.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Death Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from October until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This hike is best done closer to the sunset or sunrise, simply because it is cooler at those times. Apart from that, it is a pretty easy hike. Expect winds to blow sand into your mouths, eyes, and other parts.
Nice but small an crowded. the dunes in mojave are much better
Gorgeous! Dunes are soft at the top and hard at the bottom. Hoof it to the far and tallest dunes, the views are worth it.
A desert sand dune experience as in Sahara
If this the hike in the Mesquite Sand dunes, then it is well worth it, very photogenic dunes, highly recommend for a sunrise or a sunset moment, have fun exploring!
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.
Great hike, don't miss it. But don't expect solitude. Good tips in the review below about timing, also keep an eye our for different animal tracks and different flora in and around the dunes. Obviously a cross country hike, wander around a bit or head out to the tall one.