Badwater Basin Salt Flats Trail

EASY 148 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
9 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.

nature trips
3 days ago

Super hot and much further than you think it is. Deceiving, but so worth it!

walking
4 days ago

Stupid hot, but insanely awesome!

10 days ago

It's super hot during the day but n awesome feeling. Make sure you carry water and wear full sleeves.

12 days ago

We arrived just in time to catch the sunset with a storm looming behind us. So glad we stopped, it’s definitely worth the walk,

20 days ago

Completely flat and amazing. Had an otherworldly vibe to it! When we went it was exceptionally windy according to the locals and it was so fun walking on the flats and having the wind whip us around!

25 days ago

Hot but amazing view of the valley !

hiking
2 months ago

Unbearingly hot when we hiked, but amazing to see the salt flats. It looked like it rained recently or got worn out when we hiked. Had to walk far into the flats to see the honeycomb looking structures. Must see in the park!

hiking
2 months ago

Interesting spot to visit. You don't really need to hike very far out to appreciate how hot and inhospitable it is around here.

5 months ago

Very cool, went far out and the flats get nearer and more defined. Hot though!!!

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hiking
6 months ago

Walking on salt flats. Feel the heat at the lowest point in North America!

hiking
6 months ago

Neat to see, but not one of the best in Death Valley.

walking
6 months ago

A very unique walk on the salt flat! flat, can go as far as you want...must do!

6 months ago

Beautiful

hiking
7 months ago

A must see place in the park.

7 months ago

This area is worth the time it takes to see. Hiked a little ways out past the rest of the people there. The pattern made by the Salt and the view of the entire valley is awesome. On your way back to the car be sure to find the sea level sign perched high above the road in the rock.

walking
8 months ago

Very cool spot!

8 months ago

Very interesting walk out on the flats. It was 92 degrees in early February so go in the Winter!!

8 months ago

I really wanted to wander out into the salt flats, and this is the place to do it. Trail is really just a path most tourists take from the parking area. Thousands of people have worn the salt into what looks like a white road. But after a half mile the salt flats become more untouched and after a mile they become almost pristine. I kept walking until I couldn’t hear or see anyone behind me toward the parking area. This was about two miles out. The silence left my ears ringing and the ground become more interesting the further out I went. Be warned, even in February it was warm. It’s the lowest elevation in North America and obviously no shade or drinkable water.

hiking
8 months ago

Went during the summer. Surreal salt floors that crack and form bigger, crazier patterns the more one walks out. The surrounding mountains add some majesty, with the wall of the mountain to the direction of the parking lot used to measure where one is at versus where sea level is via a nifty sign. Early, the shadow of the mountain added shade, but soon starts to recede as the day reaches afternoon. An iconic, must visit spot in Death Valley.

9 months ago

Short walk out to the lowest point and along some salt flats. Must see when in Death Valley. Great to say that I’ve been there!

hiking
9 months ago

Scenic and interesting. Also a little weird. Not worth driving across the state for but definitely a well kept park land. Day pass is around $20. Definitely recommend stopping by here but don’t plan and spend more than an hour.

9 months ago

Super cool , and weird

10 months ago

We stopped by the trail after completing the Golden Canyon hike and glad we did. It was quite neat to be able to visit the lowest point in North America.

As other ls have commented, it’s a little busier at the beginning of the trail, but if you make your way down the crowds thin out.

hiking
10 months ago

Just was up there recently and weather was perfect! Wrote a little trip report too. The trail is short, but it's cool to see this place, at least just once.
http://www.shedreamsofalpine.com/blog/2017/12/6/a-weekend-in-death-valley-visit-the-racetrack-mesquite-flat-sand-dunes-and-badwater-basin

hiking
10 months ago

A must see for anyone's first visit to Death Valley. You can walk as far out into the salt flats as you want. There's usually a crowd but seeing the lowest point in North America is cool. Be sure to see the "Sea Level" sign on the rocks 282 ft. above you.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Neat place to go! Always want to see it! Not much of a hike but worth it! 9-20-17

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Beautiful

walking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

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.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

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

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