Ubehebe and Little Hebe Crater Trail

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Ubehebe and Little Hebe Crater Trail is a 2.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Death Valley, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from October until April.

2.2 miles
725 feet

kid friendly


nature trips



no dogs

A hike at the north end of Death Valley who's name is Shoshone for "big basket in the rock." There are wonderful panoramas of the crater from different perspectives. The crater is estimated to be 2,000 years old. The whole area has many craters from its active volcanic period. When you are on the south side of Ubehebe, look south and you'll see Little Ubehebe Crater also called Little Hebe. Little Hebe is a very well defined, almost perfect circle, and is quite interesting to see.

9 months ago

Death Valley NP is so diverse and this hike is a great example of how to experience its diversity. We hiked around Ubehebe and Little Hebe but also ventured off the trail at various points. It's easy to make your way back to the trail and not get lost. It's also fun to see folks driving out to The Racetrack. I highly recommend wearing gaiters because the soil is mostly very small rocks.

10 months ago

Amazing views, did not go into the crater, just around it. looked too Steep. moderate, but rewarding. it's a long drive to the crater. went in mid September around 1030-1130, pretty warm!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Fun hike to explore a pretty cool crater. It's about 500 feet deep. You can go down the crater to the bottom towards the end of the trail. I chose not to as it's a pretty steep hike back up

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Pretty cool feature, don't have to go all the way around if you don't wish to, kinda like walking on sand, can present a challenge

Friday, December 11, 2015

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Slide your way down into Ubehebe Crater via right-most trail from the lot, so fun! Hard, slippery trek back up though taking the least-steep trail out. Walking the perimeter isn't hard. It's fairly windy so you don't get hot but its like walking through sand so wear ankle-high boots/shoes if you don't want rocks in your shoes. Nice views

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Wow! Great views from short hike up hill, or you can hike around the crater. This is a must-see. It is fascinating and unique.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Interesting area. It had rained a couple days before I got there so the mud at the bottom was moist & the bushes had "greened" some. If your up to it, it's definitely worth going to the bottom.....just keep in mind the walk back up is no joke.

Friday, February 28, 2014

You get better views of the crater on the hike and you come to realize its immense size.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Very cool trail walking along the rim.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Amazing view! From the parking lot, you can see the vast valley and towering mountains all around you. It's a fascinating site to see! The loop is easy but make your trip there more worth it and exciting by hiking down into the crater. Hiking up is obviously hard because of the steepness and the soft volcanic rocks that you'll be hiking on. It was my favorite thing I did in Death Valley!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Make it a point to hike down into the crater but be warned, hiking out on loose lava rock combined with the steep grade are not for the faint hearted. Difficulty: Demanding. Views from inside the crater: Amazing.

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