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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.

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

11/12. few people along trail. weather was perfect. trail just kind of lead to a dead end for me? bridge was cool tho

no hike needed to view this. the landscape is unlike anything I have ever seen before. worth a stop

4 days ago

seems like you would have to take the scenic drive in order to get to this. not sure why this is a seperate "trail". bit yeah, the colors are cool and worth checking out

4 days ago

the drive itself was boring and in my opinion (as the driver) not very scenic. the main attraction is the artist's palette. it's quick and easy though and def worth experiencing...I was hoping for more. maybe I missed something?

scenic driving
4 days ago

This is a paved one-way road you drive. If you don’t have much time to hike then definitely take this drive it is worth it. It is a multitude of different scenery, colours, geology, formations etc.... It changes so much take it slow and enjoy the 360 view. There are a few turnouts, you should take them and see what the short hikes have to offer. No turning around (one-way road) so take advantage! You won’t be disappointed.

on Telescope Peak Trail

4 days ago

Hike it on October 18th 2018. Beautiful trail enjoyed it thoroughly!

nature trips
6 days ago

The start of the trail is a bit confusing. You kind of just walk from the sign toward the mountain through the wash. It’s a very rocky path as well. As you get near the top, the rocks are super lose and you have to climb up them- and it’s quite the scramble. Descending is tricky and my toes hurt a lot. It was a fairly cool hike overall.

10 days ago

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

I did the hike to Red Cathedral and back, but I’d love to go back and explore more of this majestic landscape. I highly recommend this unique and otherworldly hike.

Not a hike but a great view

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

hiking
15 days ago

Hiked this trail on 11/22/18, started from Mahogany Campground. We drove up with a 4x4 but also saw non-4x4 climb up (including a Tesla model 3!) the dirt road. We started the hike at 11:30a, completed at 5:40p, so 6 hours trekking up. Bring layers, enough water and enjoy the views!

backpacking
18 days ago

Did this hike over thanksgiving 2018, starting with cottonwood and ending in marble canyon. We liked doing the gentle uphill of cottonwood, marble canyon would be much steeper going uphill. There was water at cottonwood spring, but not the other two sources. This hike would be doable in two or three days, though there are few camping places in marble canyon so I'd recommend camping somewhere sandy in deadhorse canyon. The hike has a lot of shifty terrain, definitely wear sock liners and pack some moleskin, we got lots of blisters. We used the National Park GPS coordinates as well as this app. The NP route is not accurate at Deadhorse Canyon, but the trail was easy enough to follow. The road to the 2WD parking lot was rough in places, so we ended up parking about 1.5 miles from it and walked the rest of the way. We got nervous with the road and stopped, but other cars made it just fine. Feel it out for yourself!

In Death Valley nothing is flat, you are either going up or down hill.I have done this loop twice, clockwise and counterclockwise. It can be done in 2 or 3 days. I prefer going counterclockwise in 3 days, less uphill in sand hiking. As of last week (11/22/2018), the only water is at Cottonwood spring. Really cool geology structures, amazing views and petroglyphs.

hiking
19 days ago

It was one of my best trail in this park.

Awesome trip! You want to experience backpacking in solitude? Telescope Peak via Shorty’s from Bad Water Basin is the real deal! That elevation gain of plus 11k is challenging and Death Valley is rare and beautiful! Off trail for the vast majority of this trek, you are alone in the wild with literally no one near you... for any many miles. Obviously, as you interest Telescope Peak Trail, you may run into another hiker- I saw 2 other people on the way to the summit and nobody on the 9 miles out. It’s windy and cold up top of Telescope Peak- but the view across thousands of acres of dozens of rugged mountain ranges is beyond compare. I found very little sign of humans- one old can and it was an old pop top! Pristine, no trash. Our company runs this trek in a small window- October 1 - November 15. Kind of a Goldilocks time- not too hot at the bottom and not too cold up top. Was perfect daytime hiking weather, and it was cool afternoons and chilly to cold nights. However I did sleep under the stars. I suggest a 0* bag Incas you get up top and a cold front comes in, which is possible this time of year at 8k and above. You’ll need to bring a lot of water- have to go far up into Hanaupah Canyon to get good water. Great trip- go discover Death Valley- it’s amazing!

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!

hiking
20 days ago

This trail is one of the most brutal hikes I've done.

So first of all- use GPS or look up a better guide for landmark navigation than I can write, we went to the wrong canyon the first time. There's no trail and no markers. You literally park at mile marker 89 on rte 190 then just...walk toward the mountain.

You get there, and there's a nice, easy-looking slope for most of it. "Alluvial fan," the park ranger would call it. It is NOT easy, it is a hill made of loose rocks, ranging from peanut to fist sized, and washes that you suddenly realize you're in and have to either backtrack or climb out of, and realize that you need to re-figure-out where you are and where you're going. By the time you reach the top of the slope, you wonder why the hell you thought a sticker would be worth THIS.

There is NO shade for this first part, and pack lots of water. Not even many big rocks to pee behind, so hope you're comfortable with your hiking buddy.

Then you get into the canyon, and it's a lot better. Less climbing, ground's a little more even, but softer. Shade. Big rocks. Rock bridge.

Then you have to go back.

That stupid hill is EVEN FREAKING WORSE going down it. Because you end up sliding to the front of even well fitted shoes, and your toes are SO sore by the time you're done, and you're slipping and sliding on the rocks...

Ugh.

Still giving it 4 stars because views were breathtaking, I love anything in Death Valley, and I did in fact get my sticker.

review from 11-12.
perfect weather! very few people along the trail. took a few wrong turns along the way and had a great time exploring in seclusion

20 days 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

20 days ago

high reward and payoff for a nealy nonexistent hike. amazing view

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

The road to the trail is closed for the next 5-6 months FYI. I didn't read about it anywhere beforehand so I was a little disappointed. you can still walk to it but it is like 9 miles total and I didnt have time for the extra hike

off road driving
23 days ago

Was a nice trail for the most part it was pretty easy with my 4runner with a 3" lift and 33" ko2 tires. Their was a gate keeper to the loop which is right before this trail starts. But we took our time and made it up Pick a good line And the more clearance you have the easier you will have. Fun day

hiking
25 days ago

Be aware that the road leading to the trail head is currently closed. Walked a little over 2 miles from HWY 190 just to get to the trail head. As far as the hikes goes. Pretty basic - nothing that exciting. If you have time you'd be better off spending time in the dunes or badlands - Golden Canyon, just my opinion. The upside is that since the road is closed there is no one in the canyon. We only saw 4 people in about 3-4 hours;

camping
25 days ago

The most beautiful sunset I’ve ever seen was right here on top of these dunes in December. I’ll never forget it.

off road driving
25 days ago

Fun climb to pass from Saline Valley up to the Racetrack Playa. No shade, so plan on getting cooked in the warm months.

As of Nov '18, would call it moderate to difficult. Any 4x4 with 31-33" AT/MT tires, decent clearance and halfway decent suspension should get up fine with a competent driver.

Ran it in a Ford Excursion on 35s without too much challenge, aside from a few "clinching" moments where the trail gets narrow and leans in the scary direction.

Stock Tacoma off road 4x4 with an inexperienced driver and a spotter made it with one or two pucker moments. Beautiful trail.

Should be a "5 star" walk, but very poor visibility due to fires in California. Trail approx 13 miles, not 14 miiles as sign-posted. Road was very rough from about 2 miles before Charcoal Kilns due to recent storms - would challenging without an SUV/AWD.

https://hikingtheworld.blog/2018/11/10/telescope-peak-death-valley/

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