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If you want a slow beginning and then a harder but beautiful end, take the trail in a clockwise direction, taking Gower gulch to Golden canyon.

Fairly easy hiking. Amazing views. Otherworldly looking into the volcano.

El viaje fue muy increíble y este lugar es encantador, el blanco de la sal es tan bonito, es un buen lugar para fotos, lo recomiendo mucho.

hiking
20 days ago

The trailhead is south of the parking lot, but not clearly marked. Follow it south up the hill before turning left into the canyon. The highlights of the hike were all the skinny slot canyons veering off from the main canyon. Most involve some rock scrambling, but nothing my 8 year old couldn’t handle. The end of the trail was not worth reaching in my opinion.

This hike will have ya sayin ooohbabybaaaby even tho it’s pronounced yuubeebee and little heebee just a tip. It’s dope, honestly the highlight is little hebe once you get up on the ridge a bit away from it. You can see the full crater shape and it’s just gorgeous. The larger crater is a giant hole in the ground. Hike down and back up if you hate yourself. Scotty’s Castle is closed atm so I’d only do this one if you’ve already seen all the big hits in the park since it’ll take you 2 hours round trip of driving to get to it. If you have a serious 4x4 there’s the racetrack up there, but I wasn’t even tryna see if my crappy Outback could make it over those crazy Death Valley roads.

We did this hike first thing in the morning, and had Gower Gulch to ourselves. Golden canyon was so crowded until you get to red cathedral then we had it to ourselves again! By the time we got back to our car at Zabriskie point that parking lot was packed. So go early and hang in there because the whole loop is awesome! It has a little bit of everything-rock scrambling, colorful rocks, high canyon walls, some flat easy walking as well as some ups and downs, and fantastic views!

Great feeling

Hiked in April 2018. If you are in DVNP then you have to visit Badwater Basin - the lowest point in the US. The walk is easy and flat - the adventure for us were the winds - winds that held us up as we leaned in and made visiting the pit toilets an adventure.

Hiked in April 2018. The sand dunes are another must see in DVNP. You feel like you are in another world. Walking in sand can be a challenge and the wind was fierce along the way. We were covered from head to toe with a layer of sand by the end of the hike. Bandanas and sunglasses were a must.

Great experience! The salt flats were incredible and there was great light for photos

Like the devil's golf course, this was a truly unique landscape. I ended up walking the .8 miles out to the end of the path

1 month ago

Climb sand dunes is always fun. Easy access, and be careful with sun even in winter.

5 stars for a sunset view! After a long day of hiking this was a nice end of the day stroll

Great view! Your knees can get a little shaky when you have a fear of heights, but the view will make you forget the fear!

1 month ago

cool views. i didn't even go on the trail. i just parked at the viewpoint got out, took a few pics and took off afterwards because the temperature dropped down to like 40 degrees ( this was on the 12th and I wasnt dressed for that chilly, windy weather...the rest of the day was perfect, warm prob mid 70s). so overall, it was cool, I wish I had ventured out on the trail with the appropriate attire

spent the morning on the dunes for the sunrise a couple weeks ago and ended up walking around aimlessly for longer and farther than I intended. got some cool pics while heading out to one of the bigger dunes in the distance. dunes look cool even when viewing from a distance

Absolutely beautiful hike. Decent incline near Zabriski Point. if you dont want to have to start or end you hiking with the heavier incline I recommend starting at the Golden Canyon parking lot and hiking the loop around. The view from Red Cathedral is an absolute must see!

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.

off road driving
2 months ago

Racetrack Valley Road is a long, remote gravel road that travels from Ubehebe Crater to the Racetrack Playa through a part of Death Valley that few get to see. You will drive through mountain passes, a Joshua Tree forest, and sweeping desert valleys.

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!

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

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

Stupid hot, but insanely awesome!

Started this hike from Zabriskie Point early in the morning watching the sunrise bounce off the golden red hills as we made our trip counter clockwise around the loop. Going in this direction the first part of the hike is downhill and the return is a gradual upward walk. We elected to go this way to catch the early morning light on the hills and were glad we did. If you go later in the day you may want to start at the bottom and work your way around clockwise. This way gives a gradual up and my leave you some shadow in the canyons to cool down on your way back.

This is a nice loop hike which is on the easy side of moderate. If you don’t mind a few people on the trail I would recommend this trail as the one to take in the area. If you want to be on your own try the in and out Desolate Canyon trail we did not run into anyone.

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

Its a nice place was there during sunset and had a great time.

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,

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!

Hot but amazing view of the valley !

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