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Hottest, Driest, Lowest: A superlative desert of streaming sand dunes, snow-capped mountains, multicolored rock layers, water-fluted canyons and 3 million acres of wilderness. Full of nature and history, there are endless activities in the park. About the size of the state of Connecticut, one can spend weeks exploring Death Valley and only scratch the surface of what there is to see and do.

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
6 days 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.

off road driving
10 days ago

Ready for fun! Road is rough for the first ten mile due to washboarding. Scenery is terrific, very memorable and photogenic. We drove it on an off day, day after Memorial Day. Only saw two hikers, no other vehicles. Like purges said, just stay in the tracks and all will be well!

scenic driving
13 days ago

Really pretty rock formations. Get out and hike otherwise you'll miss so much.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this in July!! 106’ just about lost my wife. She is not a great hiker but she was game. Not a tough hike, a lot of water crossing and rock climbing. The reward is the waterfall at the end. Enjoy!

The road is a long and bumpy ride. We drove in a Toyota Rav and has no issues thankfully but it took us 3 hours each way. I wouldn’t mess around with this, we saw no one out there.

The Grandstand or black rock structure was so awesome. It sticks out on as a stark distance between the playa. We climbed around on the rocks easily, it was very fun. Some bigger lizards too.

The Sailing Stones were my favorite. Unfortunately, a lot of people have vandalized them and you can tell the rocks that made the trails are not the rocks that someone placed there. There are also a lot of trails with no rocks at the beginning or end. It’s disappointing no one has respect for such an awesome phenomenon. There are some legitimate ones but I wish they would keep a better eye on the place.

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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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Did this trail on 4/24. Wow what a hike. Steep the first couple miles then it does level out then gets steep again right before the summit. Lots of snow on the peak still. We were able to do it without crampons, just made a ladder in the snow. Great views all the way and a great hike.

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Worth the small hike. Such a cool formation.

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Not totally sure I made it to the end but we climbed the mountain near the end of the Canyon. Slippery with the lose gravel be careful! One of our group members slid down and ended up with some nasty cuts. Overall nice hike though. Lots of lizards!

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1 month ago

Walk the trail. The pictures you see are not from the parking lot.

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1 month ago

Get out of the car and hike. Otherwise you don’t see the good stuff.

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Enjoyed this, not really a hike but very neat!

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

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hiking
2 months ago

Scenic hike with colorful rock formations. The first part is a relatively easy hike along the canyon wash. The latter part is a bit more difficult as you are climbing over rocks and gaining a bit more elevation. Bring plenty of water as the trail was hot with little shade in the afternoon, even in late March.

hiking
2 months ago

Smooth marble canyon and fun dry falls to climb. The children loved exploring here.

hiking
2 months ago

A bit of an oasis as far as the Death Valley region is concerned. Not too traveled and quiet.

nice easy hike, not too crowded and 87 degrees this morning.

hiking
2 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!

This was a nice hike through a canyon. 20 minutes total and nice to have shade from the canyon walls!

hiking
2 months ago

This is more than a drive- I'm not sure everyone realizes that. There are a couple of different trails to hike along the drive and I really encourage it. Some of the overlooks show you a spectacular color show you won't see if you just stay in the car.

hiking
2 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.

Did this trail in early April. We started the hike from the charcoal kilns and completed the entire hike in 9 hours. Overall the hike had nice scenic views. It was most of the elevation gain occurred in the beginning and end. There was more snow covering the last 1500’ of elevation and I would recommend crampons and poles for this time of year. The altitude, while not high, was challenging due to us coming from sea level so I highly recommend acclimating.

scenic driving
2 months ago

Amazing rock colors and geologic formations, go slow, people are walking along roadside and you won't see them until the last second!

Was a nice trail but be cautious with crossing the stream paths. Be sure to wear proper shoes. Rocks can be slippery. Kids will be fine. It’s beautiful. There is a waterfall but it is not recommended for swimming.

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