Looking for a great trail in Death Valley National Park, California? AllTrails has 79 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 36 moderate trails in Death Valley National Park ranging from 0.8 to 165.9 miles and from -246 to 7,582 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

hiking
rocky
2 days ago

11/30/19, 2yo in backpack Great fun hike! We hiked all the way to the end. It was a bit tricky to "climb" the dry-falls with the kid in the backpack at times, but it was a fun challenge. It tooks us approx 3 hours there and back. The canyon was beautiful both going up and back.

hiking
rocky
4 days ago

This was a really cool for an easy trail. Definitely worth checking out.

ohv/off road driving
6 days ago

I come here with my folks when we visit Death Valley and always have a great time. We do this road in jeeps. We have a blast and the views are amazing. Each time we have traveled this road there wasn't anyone else we saw. So I would assume it's more light to moderate traffic. It is a very bumpy ride so I personally wouldn't recommend a passenger car as this road is scenic but is pretty rough.

hiking
rocky
8 days ago

ohv/off road driving
8 days ago

:( we went the wrong way

hiking
8 days ago

Best to do in the early morning/sunrise.

Hiked this counter clockwise from Zabriskie point on 11/29/19. Had my 2y old in the backpack, took us 4 hours including a 30-45 minute break at the Golden Canyon parking lot. Slightly muddy from a winter rain, but good footing anyway. Beautiful start, clearly the northern side of this trail is the prettiest. Gower Gulch was interesting, but nowhere near as varied as the area around Red Rock Cathedral, Manly Beacon and Zabriskie Point.

walking
no shade
9 days ago

rocky
13 days ago

Hardly even need 4x, assuming you stay on trail. Great route with spectacular views! Traveled in stock Gladiator Rubicon. Make sure to take off the freedom top if you have them!

rocky
13 days ago

Short and steep! Completed Nov 2019. Only took about 40-minutes with some sharp switchbacks and one technical section about about 50-yards near the mid point. Traveled in stock Gladiator Rubicon in 4h the whole way.

hiking
14 days ago

Snowy trail. Pen at trail log at trail head out of ink! Started at the charcoal kilns due to snowy roads added approx 3.2 miles round trip.

Fun hike. There are a few little rock walls to climb up/down but nothing too difficult. Trail gets steeper near the end, but the views are worth it.

hiking
19 days ago

This will always be one of my all-time favorite hikes! Very scenic! My recommendation is to come early, so you can explore all the off-trails! They’re definitely worth it!

rocky
washed out
20 days ago

This hike was fantastic! I would recommend going counter clockwise. I went clockwise and the big hill toward the end was pretty unpleasant. Bring lots of water, I took 1.5 liters and it definitely wasn't enough.

This trail has lots of side-trails that lead to dead ends. Luckily, they are marked by a barricade of rocks which clearly indicate that “the trail does not continue in this direction.” But, if you’ve got the time, you could add miles to your hike with some scenic meandering!

A very enjoyable canyon hike to a destination with a fantastic view. We chose to walk over the fins rather than straight down the wash on our way into the canyon. Fairly easy ups and downs with a decently trod path, and more interesting. As you proceed through the canyon, there are three walls to scramble over. The first is the most challenging, about 8 feet, but is very doable. The next two are straightforward. There are some well-placed cairns along the way to help stay on track, but it's not a difficult trail to follow. Ultimately you reach a gravelly grade up to a plateau that has really spectacular views in all directions. It's a bit of a trudge up, but very worthwhile. All along the trail there are close up views of the different colored rocks that make up the Artist's Palette. Down the walls is easier. We saw one other group of people over the whole 2 hours, so the trail well lived up to its name. Our favorite hike in the park.

hiking
23 days ago

Unreal views. We went after we had already done a number of hikes in the Valley, which greatly enhanced the experience. It was particularly interesting looking at the Badwater flats that we had walked. There isn't much need to stray more than a couple of hundred feet off the viewing platform either direction to get full views. Well worthwhile.

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
washed out
24 days ago

I would not recommend this trail until the database is updated. Attempted to hike it today (Nov. 14th 2019) an effort to find Manly Beacon...got lost and off trail more then 4 times. Then to look at the recording info only to be lead in a complete circle. We abandoned the search and freelance hiked back to the start point of Golden Canyon Trail.

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
25 days ago

Nice quick hike, starts off as an expansive, desert wash then gets narrower and gets more lush. Ends at a nice waterfall, hard to believe it’s in Death Valley.

hiking
no shade
rocky
26 days ago

Quite minimalistic short hike with a lot of rocks and few shaded areas. Get more water with you and stay away during windy conditions. We got into flying sand and dust on a stormy day.

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