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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
18 days 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
19 days ago

A great view that is definitely worth the drive up here. You can chose how far you want to hike and in what direction, or if you're feeling lazy, you don't need to hike anywhere at all and just enjoy the view from the parking lot. Either way, this is a great spot to start your visit of Death Valley if you are coming from the Death Valley Junction. Also, unlike the valley floor, the temperatures are almost bearable up here.

off road driving
1 month ago

Experiencing The Pinnacles: The Pinnacles are very fascinating from afar, to see the peaks in the distance is to be in awe... but much like B Lustmord states, the hikes around the pinnacles are definitely not as special. They are best experienced from a distance, where you can take them all in... Though I bet to be there at sunrise or sunset is an amazing experience!

Wildlife: We saw a bunch of zebra-tailed lizards on the drive up to the pinnacles, and a few on the pinnacles themselves. They were so fast! And very pretty... light coloration on their ribs, and zebra stripes on their tail. Very neat. When you leave, you end up noticing there are other tufa pinnacles off the sides of the main highway in fields, though they are much more sparse.

The Hike(s): Nothing is clearly marked as any one particular hike or loop. You just kind of explore at your leisure along footpaths. Some nice breezes run through despite the heat in some of the surrounding areas, which we appreciated. It is not 12 mi. The drive is counted into that distance. Once you're at the pinnacles parking lot, you're feet away from the pinnacles themselves.

The Drive: Good up to a point where the road ends up feeling more washboarded out (we were in a 2WD) and there were 2-3 deep washouts created by people who clearly must have gotten stuck in the mud and only dug themselves deeper -- so keep aware on the drive!

Nearby: Fish Rocks aren't far away when on the main highway, so those are definitely worth a visit en route or on your way back to civilization.

Bring a pair of shades and a bandana or something to cover up your head and face in case you’re caught in a sand storm while in sand dunes. Otherwise you’ll be finding sand for weeks not only in all your clothing but parts of your body that you would never suspect could hold any sand

hiking
2 months ago

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

Easiness depends on what you climb. We climbed one of the bigger dunes in the back and we were huffing and puffing. Such an awesome experience though. We saw a coyote den in one of the valleys between the dunes. It was pretty neat. Even nicer when there’s no foot prints on the dunes.

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Worth the small hike. Such a cool formation.

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Very cool, went far out and the flats get nearer and more defined. Hot though!!!

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hiking
4 months ago

Multiple different ways on to the path, look around. Death Valley is large so not all paths are well marked but tread paths are clear.

Walking on salt flats. Feel the heat at the lowest point in North America!

hiking
4 months ago

This is breathtaking. Don't worry about those saying that it's too populated. Definitely take the short trail to the overlook and then get away from the crowds by exploring down below. You'll get up close and personal with some seriously gorgeous scenery and won't see another human.

Neat to see, but not one of the best in Death Valley.

A very unique walk on the salt flat! flat, can go as far as you want...must do!

4 months ago

A must see

Safe to do with shoes off. Easy "hike", but can be tough if you choose to climb the taller dunes. You can pick how far you and which dunes you choose to climb. We went to the tallest peak and sat for a very sandy lunch (the wind can pick up and get sand in your food)! Go in the morning - especially if you want to do it with you shoes off - the sand facing the sun gets really hot on the way back.

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.

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.

hiking
5 months 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

walking
5 months ago

This was my first stop in Death Valley, entering from the Vegas side. The vantage is a perfect intro to the park and provides you with the lay of the land. The views are obviously weather dependent.

If you've never experienced sand dunes, stop here. If (like me) you've visited other sand dunes, it's a bit of a letdown. So for experienced sand duners: only stop here if time permits and you want to experience the full range of landscapes Death Valley offers.

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)

Very cool spot!

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

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.

off road driving
6 months ago

The pinnacles are worth a visit but the trails to get to them are nothing special.

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!

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