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took just under 4 hours to complete

Pristine conditions, but this trail is 14 miles, not 12.

off road driving
8 days ago

Your passenger car (or Subaru) will NOT make it through here. Your stock SUV may not make it through here. There is one legit rock wall to climb over that you need a lot of ground clearance and good tires to provide traction.

Had a great hike and the view was beautiful. Looking forward to going back and doing it again.

Really neat! Go to the end for the best pictures...less mud in the cool crystal formations. And less people! Hiked 1.7 miles round trip.

Here is the lowest point in North America, and is probably the most popular roadside spot in DVNP. One can view the area from the roadside overlook, or hike .5 mile trail can be taken out onto the salt flat itself. there are also some saline pools near the trailhead/overlook. Very unique spot in a very unique National Park. Just be prepared for the heat, even outside of summer!

Best place for sunrise in Death Valley. Really nice paved path and places to sit at the top to watch the sun come up.

Super hot! Everyone was right- a lot further than it looks but go all the way to the end!

Awesome hike and views, not too many people. While not the highest in elevation gain, the combo of Panamint City, immediately followed by Telescope kicked butt.

backpacking
25 days ago

To date, one of my most favorite hikes I've ever been on. 5/5 for sure. Went on a Labor Day weekend, had the town to ourselves. Multiday trip makes for awesome exploring in the mines and structures. Read up on hantavirus. Water from the spigot is potable, made for a cold shower!

Not really a hike, just a short walk to the AMAZING viewpoint. Really pretty!

Super hot and much further than you think it is. Deceiving, but so worth it!

Amazing view at the top and really great cliff-side hiking most of the way. I would only do this trail if you are steady-footed as most of the trail is cliff-side and gravelly. Dress in layers as it can be both hot and cold depending on sunlight and wind!

Stupid hot, but insanely awesome!

It's super hot during the day but n awesome feeling. Make sure you carry water and wear full sleeves.

It's not much of a hike, but the view was amazing, couldn't believe it was true. Will cherish the moment for a lifetime... Its awesome awesome awesome and its a MUST!!

We arrived just in time to catch the sunset with a storm looming behind us. So glad we stopped, it’s definitely worth the walk,

Easy little walk from the parking lot with extraordinary views. You can walk into the canyons and explore as well! There’s no set path once into the canyon from the view point.

Completely flat and amazing. Had an otherworldly vibe to it! When we went it was exceptionally windy according to the locals and it was so fun walking on the flats and having the wind whip us around!

hiking
1 month ago

Great views throughout the entire trail! Not too many people today (only passed by three groups) in the AM.

Hot but amazing view of the valley !

Unbearingly hot when we hiked, but amazing to see the salt flats. It looked like it rained recently or got worn out when we hiked. Had to walk far into the flats to see the honeycomb looking structures. Must see in the park!

hiking
3 months ago

The first thing that needs to be mentioned here is that this is definitely not a hard hike. It really doesn't take more than half a day, especially if you're camping in the Thorndike campground, so don't think that you'll spend the whole day on the trail. That said, it is an enjoyable hike with some pretty views, and the mountains provide a welcome relief from the scorching inferno that the valley floor is during summer. If you want to see a different part of Death Valley than just the desert, this and/or the Telescope Peak hikes are a must.

Interesting spot to visit. You don't really need to hike very far out to appreciate how hot and inhospitable it is around here.

hiking
3 months ago

Not much of a hike or even a walk from the parking lot but the view of the badlands is simply beautiful, especially at sunset and, I imagine, sunrise.

hiking
5 months ago

Getting there: We had a 4WD and camped at Mahogany Flats for 2 nights. IMO, you might make it as far as Thorndike CG in a 2WD. Charcoal Kilns, no problem. The road is very rough between Thorndike and Mahogany Flats. We started at 6:30 AM and made the summit in 4:15 with lots of pics and rest stops. Return 2:30. Nice views all around and the elevation made for pleasant temps.

Well marked
Awesome

hiking
5 months ago

Loved this for the early morning Sun. Blue light was amazing!

Great hike. Amazing views. Don’t mind the ladybugs, they won’t bite.

hiking
5 months ago

My son and I hiked this today, 5-26-18. First, you can't get to the trail head by regular car. You need to walk the road from Charcoal Kiln to get there Or take a 4x4.. This is about 1.5 miles with an elevation gain on the road of about 1200 feet...just on this road. Many have said you can't drive the road. Not true. You can safely drive at least 1/2 up and park at or near the Thorndike campground. This saves you a lot.
Trial is well marked and you should know, we are both in great shape. This is a very difficult hike. First portion, very tough. Flattens out a lot for the middle third . Then, the climb to the top starts. The switchback gain a ton of elevation in a very short order.
People have said the view at the top is to die for. However, I can't say that. This may be, though, due in large part to the fact that we have been to so many top of mountains, they are all starting to have the same "appeal". If you haven't done many hikes to peaks, this may be one worth looking into, but again, not an easy trek. It took us a total of 10 hours round trip moving at the best clip we could.

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