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3 days ago

The bridge is only 500 meters away from the trailhead. Honestly, it's not a place surprising me.

A must see place in the park.

Interesting. I only walked for several hundred meters as I arrived here too late, while I don't think it will be different even I went deep into the dunes.

Very cool formation. Hike is actually short. You drive up a unpaved and park in a small parking lot.

Great fun, worth the stop. No real trail, so we just pointed to a taller dune in the distance and hiked out to it.

This area is worth the time it takes to see. Hiked a little ways out past the rest of the people there. The pattern made by the Salt and the view of the entire valley is awesome. On your way back to the car be sure to find the sea level sign perched high above the road in the rock.

10 days ago

Its a very beautiful Trail thats why I give it 5 STARS....... BUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Be for-warned this is a tourist trail everybody and there brother including Grandma will be on this with you. I left and came back at 5:00am to hike it alone but about 7 I started seeing people and it started to suck so I left and went to 20 Mule Canyon . See my review at 20 Mule

19 days ago

intense incline for most of the way up. definitely worth every moment, breathtaking and unbelievable views! the very top has a complete 360 degrees overlook that goes on for Miles and miles. unfortunately it was super cold with heavy wind at the top so we could only stay a few moments to write our name in the itinerary. best hike I've ever done. took us about 4 hours, with several stops.

Desolation Canyon is a great alternative to its very popular neighbor (and often crowded) Golden Canyon. This walk/hike is mostly very flat with two easy approximately 5-8 ft scrambles over dry waterfalls (see picture). Small elevation gain of about 700 ft in the last half mile to a nice little overlook with good views of Telescope Peak. Overall, a very easy walk I used as a morning cool-down from a more difficult hike the previous day. Saw all age-ranges and abilities while hiking this. While named "Desolation Canyon", and you do get brief moments of solitude in the canyon as it bends around, but this is still a fairly popular hike and I saw about 20 people during the morning in peak season.

Just did this trail, it was pretty easy. The temperature dropped as you get closer to the waterfall. Fun as you get to walk over some rocks to go over the little stream. We were worried about the unpaved road that gets you to the trailhead, but it was in good condition. Keep in mind this is unpaved so you have to go slower, but we were never worried our car would get stuck.

24 days ago

This is an awesome, but quite challenging hike. This was our first time in Death Valley, and it was a great way to get oriented with the general topography/geography of the area. It took us about 2 1/2 hours to the top with lots of stops - four hours round trip. The views were great most of the way. We hiked in T shirts on the way up, but needed our jackets at the top and on the way down. The trail was mostly clear - only a couple snowy patches. Also, per a sign at the trail head, dogs are definitely not allowed on this trail.

Wow there are a lot of people here—even at 6 am! The view is nice but not worth the crowds and loud people at sunrise.

Instead of watching sunset there, go do the Golden Canyon Hike this early (in the same badlands and canyon) and watch the sun rise up the ridges (its bright enough by 30 minutes before sunrise so you can see well)

We passed Golden Canyon on our way to sunrise at Badwater and though “ oh we can do that later.” WRONG. Outrageously crowded so we went over to the quiet, peaceful and somewhat challenging Desolation Canyon. The very end, right before the viewpoint, was a steep climb. But rewarding at the top and a rewarding hike throughout.

I joked they should rename it something friendlier like “Easter Egg Canyon” because of the pastel colorful rocks. But I suppose then it wouldn’t be the quiet and wild feeling place it is.

scenic driving
1 month ago

Easy drive on paved a road. Beautiful scenery.

Very cool spot!

Very interesting walk out on the flats. It was 92 degrees in early February so go in the Winter!!

1 month ago

Beautiful drive but not an off road trip

Easy trail if want a quick jaunt from your car.

I really wanted to wander out into the salt flats, and this is the place to do it. Trail is really just a path most tourists take from the parking area. Thousands of people have worn the salt into what looks like a white road. But after a half mile the salt flats become more untouched and after a mile they become almost pristine. I kept walking until I couldn’t hear or see anyone behind me toward the parking area. This was about two miles out. The silence left my ears ringing and the ground become more interesting the further out I went. Be warned, even in February it was warm. It’s the lowest elevation in North America and obviously no shade or drinkable water.

This was such a lovely trail! It actually goes for about eight miles, I followed it for about three. The views are incredible on all sides. It was great to get a little perspective on the park, because as it’s roughly the size of connecticut, it can be difficult to conceptualize everything in your head. I would come back and do this hike again!

Not an off road trail, but full of great dips and curves in addition to the amazing colors and rock formations! Definitely a must-do in Death Valley.

The best lounging spot in all of Death Valley. Explore the sand dunes any which way, there are no trails. Like being transported to a Disney desert set. Went during the evening and stayed far after sunset. No critters to be found, barefoot hiking at its best.

1 month ago

Did the full hike from Zabriskie Point to Golden Canyon and back. Took 5hrs in total with the only strenuous part being the upwards hike towards the beginning of Golden Canyon (on the way back). Zabriskie Point offers a hike up to a picturesque view point. Another trail leads into Zabriskie where exploration is as free as can be. Very incredible formations, a museum of geological processes. Parts of the floor are cracked from scorching heat, rather fun to play around. The trail eventually leads to the badlands where the hike up the ridges give stunning views and one can navigate the ridges like intersected highways. This eventually leads to the Golden Valley, with the highlight being Manly Beacon and the Red Cathedral, beautiful natural structures of the desert. The eye adjust to the few shades of colors during the summer, creating an eccentric visual trip. A highlight of 2wd accessible Death Valley.

Went during the summer. Surreal salt floors that crack and form bigger, crazier patterns the more one walks out. The surrounding mountains add some majesty, with the wall of the mountain to the direction of the parking lot used to measure where one is at versus where sea level is via a nifty sign. Early, the shadow of the mountain added shade, but soon starts to recede as the day reaches afternoon. An iconic, must visit spot in Death Valley.

Short walk out to the lowest point and along some salt flats. Must see when in Death Valley. Great to say that I’ve been there!

I recommend this as a first stop before going to the valley floor. We stopped here in the evening and camped nearby. We then made several stops the next day starting with Badwater Basin. Great views from this easy trail! You can see people walking the salt flat of Badwater Basin over 5000 ft. below looking like ants. Across the valley looms telescope peak at 11,043. My kids ages 2, 7, 9, and 11 loved climbing around on the trail with the exception of our youngest who I kept in my backpack carrier most of the time.

trail running
2 months ago

Not many people here despite busy tourist season. Beautiful colors in the rock walls and views at the top. Scrambling up two 6-8 foot dry falls required, plus steep, loose/sandy gravel right before the summit.

2 months ago

Dogs are NOT allowed on any of the trails in the National Park. Service Animals are okay with identification. Dogs are allowed at camp sites as long as they are on leashes. Rangers do drive by very frequent. We didn’t want to risk it so we just didn’t bring them. Please keep this in mind. We saw that dogs were allowed from this app and felt awful when we read on trail head info and brochures from National Park that dogs weren’t allowed.

Let me clear the confusion.... this is not in any way shape or form 6.8 miles out and back. Not sure where this is getting the distance.... the hike DOES NOT start from highway 190. It is not marked at all off he highway so plan ahead of time. It is called old toll road near paniment Springs. You then take the dirt road for about 2 and a quarter miles to the trailhead and it is only 1 mile to the waterfall... making it 2 miles total. Just start heading up the wash. It starts to get greener and greener the further you go. You have to cross the water a few times so wear waterproof shoes... although the water crossings itself were small.. your feet could still get wet. Learned that the hard way. Waterfall itself is very beautiful! All in all.... it is a very nice experience especially considering it’s located within one of the hottest places in the world

Made it up to the highest peak well worth it making it more strenuous. Would love to come again

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