Explore the most popular wild flowers trails in Death Valley National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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

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.

Went from cotton wood canyon to Deadhorse Canyon to marble canyon. Only uphill to get out of cottonwood and cross into Deadhorse. We used this app GPS feature and hiking project GPS and where able to stay on trail the whole time. Had water in both cottonwood and Deadhorse.

Very steep at the end but the view was spectacular! The dry waterfalls that the park service claims are 6ft and 8ft high were not—very negotiable. Hot though, since the canyon walls block most of the breeze.

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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

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.

Recommend going early morning or afternoon. Beautiful views! Total solitude! No trails. Drive slow through unpaved road.

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

Reached the summit on 2.17.18. Took me 6 hours from the Kilns. That first mile on Mahogany Flat Rd was very brutal. More than half of the people seen on the trail had to turn around due to not being prepared. Crampons were a must!! Trekking poles were very handy as well. Had to leave my sleeping bag and blanket behind at the Meadows because of weight in my back pack. Setting up tent in this area was not an option, way too windy and cold! Tent set up at Thorndike, which was still pretty windy and cold at night.

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.

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.

hiking
3 months ago

Did it a week ago. The road from the Charcoal things is 1.7 Miles each way. There was snow at the top, I hiked 1,5 Miles total in snow 1.5 ft deep. The trail before that is covered in snow as well, like 2.5 Miles. Before that, patches of ice, you gotta be careful. Weather was like 40 morning and evening and 60 around noonish. With so much snow at the top you don’t see the switchbacks so you hike straight up, however you’ll need winter climbing gear, like axe and crampons. I am a slow hiker, it took me 6.5 hours to reach the top so I hiked down in the darkness like for 3 hours since sunset is early. Very rewarding nonetheless. The last two miles of the drive are rough, not good for sedans, just go slow and you’ll make it, however, you’ll need momentum to negotiate a few obstacles.

Easy trail if want a quick jaunt from your car.

Keep going the the falls are worth

hiking
3 months ago

I hiked from Shorty’s Well, just east of West of westside road, up the Jeep trail to the west for five miles. It was nice in early February.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked it on Saturday the 3rd. Road closure added extra miles, but still awesome for a day hike

Fun hike, great places for photos.

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.

Good winter trip. Both springs running and I was able to get water. I ended up parking at the 2wd parking spot but in retrospect I could’ve saved hiking a few miles on rocky,sandy wash by driving into the divide. Getting down the dry falls on marble was a little tricky but it has some good hand and foot holds to help. Very few trail markers which made for a fun adventure.

trail running
4 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.

hiking
4 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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