Badwater Basin Salt Flats Trail

EASY 70 reviews

Badwater Basin Salt Flats Trail is a 1.8 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, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from October until March.

DISTANCE
1.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
13 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

Hike to the lowest point in the US.

hiking
12 days ago

23 days ago

Worth it mostly because it's the lowest point in the US. You can walk out to the middle, but the scenery doesn't change.

25 days ago

Beautiful

27 days ago

walking
1 month ago

This is your chance to say you've been at the lowest point in the US! You don't have to walk all the way to the center, if you don't want to, to get the gist. Take some close-up photos of the salt honeycomb surface; they turn out really cool! On your return, be sure to look up at the cliff to see the "Sea Level" sign -- that's when you really realize how far below sea level you are.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

very neat place. Bring water, it's very hot!

walking
1 month ago

2 months ago

2 months ago

go out very far to get past the people and actually see the polygonal salt structures

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

2 months ago

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

hiking
3 months 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
3 months ago

3 months 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!

3 months ago

4 months ago

4 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.