Badwater Basin Salt Flats Trail

EASY 53 reviews

Badwater Basin Salt Flats Trail is a 1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Death Valley, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from October until March.

DISTANCE
1.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
0 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

walking

views

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

Hike to the lowest point in the US.

5 days ago

Short flat trail, but wear a hat, take water. The heat will get to you quick out here

hiking
6 days ago

It gets unbearably hot, so try to do this earlier in the day. There is not much of a scenic difference, since the area is a large open space, but it is definitely worth visiting. Do not need to spend more than 30 minutes here.

hiking
30 days ago

1 month ago

Flat, easy walk. We went late April at sunset and there were a total of 8 people on the flats. Very cool to walk so far below sea level. Waking back to the parking lot, take a look at the rocks just behind the parking lot. There is a sign that marks "sea level" which gives a very different perspective!

1 month ago

2 months ago

This trail is an experience.

I don't agree with the lightly trafficked rating on this one. We went in March and it was packed.

The trail has its own parking lot and vault toilets. It actually begins on a designated boardwalk, but that soon transitions to open salt flats you can wander off on. You pass Badwater lake at the start and the salt flats follow. There are informational placards at the beginning.

The salt is fascinating and reminded me of hot crunchy snow.

This is the lowest spot in the US, so beware of heat depending on the time of year you go.

We went at sunset specifically to get the shot of the colors above the flats. It is well worth it and I definitely recommend this experience.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

2 months ago

I licked it

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5 months ago

walking
6 months ago

So weird! Look up high on the mountain above you there is a sign that says sea level. Looks like you are walking on snow, but it's white salt!

7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Panoramic view of this alien landscape in its complete glory will leave you spell bounded

9 months ago

Cool thing to see, you don't have to walk that far if you don't wish to

walking
10 months ago

10 months ago

Went here with my mom after we hiked out of the Grand Canyon! Very hot-it was 125 degrees when we were here! Easy walk in the lowest place on the country and very cool to see the salt crystallization. Despite the heat, it was still quite crowded here, but not unbearably crowded.