Lower Darwin Falls Trail

EASY 35 reviews

Lower Darwin Falls Trail is a 6.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lone Pine, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.8 miles
790 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips




wild flowers



4 months ago

5 months ago

Great hike for kids. We will definitely do this again.

6 months ago

Drive to the start hike from high way 190. Sign is hard to see as its faded. The entrance is on the left about 5 minutes after Panamint Springs immediately after a sharp right. Drive was rocky with uneven road. Saw a Prius when we got to the start of the hike, so should be no problem with any car.

Its about 1.5 miles hike to the water fall. First part has no shade it was about 98 degrees at 9:30 in the morning the end of May. Bring lots of water!

Second part was in the grove near the water and it was an adventure. Crossing streams and climbing over rocks. Just be very very careful about the slippery rocks. Almost slip and bust my head open a couple times. Other than that, little kids can do it.

Fun times!

6 months ago

8 months ago

This trail was a welcome break from the heat of the rest of Death Valley.

I'm not sure where AllTrails got the distance from as we calculated only about 2 miles to lower falls.

We went here in mid March and saw about 15 people on the trail.

The drive in could be labeled better. Once you pass Panamint Springs resort. The left it about a mile past it. This will mark the start of a couple of miles of dirt road. It runs alongside of piping since the resort uses the water as well.

The dirt road is rough. I wouldn't say you need a high clearance vehicle, but anyone concerned about very bumpy roads will want to avoid it.

There is parking at the trail head. If you hit the 4 wheel drive high clearance portion of the road, you've gone too far. The signs at the trail start were oddly blank; however, the start is obvious.

The trail is a sandy gravel wash type material at the beginning, whose hiking consistency reminded me of sand. This changes thou when you hit more of the vegetation area.

The start of the trail doesn't prepare you for the impending change in environment. At the start, it's a desert, but the further you go, it gets greener and greener.

There was running water everywhere. You actually hike thru or over mini streams at times. Water proof shoes are recommended.

Also this trail was slippery at points and required more maneuvering over boulders than I expected. So much so that we had to pause to figure out the correct path at times since it was just giant rocks. We didn't think we'd need hiking poles, so we didn't bring them. However, we definitely missed not having them. It was more technically challenging than I expected.

We saw a decent amount of wildlife on this trail, including birds, lizards, frogs, and dragonflies.

The lower falls is an obvious 25 ft split waterfall surrounded by trees and ferns and algae. It is stunning.

The trail is well worth it!

9 months ago

Hike was awesome! The lower Darwin Fall is cool, but if you continue up the stream you will find two more Falls! Cheers

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Beautiful hike. Went in November and the temperature was perfect. Does involve crossing small creeks and climbing up wet/smooth rocks so have some traction footwear.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Monday, March 07, 2016

This hike is in the Panamint Springs area of Death Valley National Park. You access the trailhead off of a long, winding dirt road. The hike itself was easy. We went 3/5/16 and there were a few small creek crossings and some rock scrambling to get to the first falls which is beautiful.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016

An easy-going canyon trail. If you continue past the first waterfall, you will find a second, taller fall slightly further up the trail. From there, if you're feeling more adventurous, the southern canyon wall provides a fun, class 2 scramble (with class 3 options) up to the ridge where you can take in the view from 700 feet above the canyon floor.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Monday, December 28, 2015