Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Death Valley with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Easiness depends on what you climb. We climbed one of the bigger dunes in the back and we were huffing and puffing. Such an awesome experience though. We saw a coyote den in one of the valleys between the dunes. It was pretty neat. Even nicer when there’s no foot prints on the dunes.

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hiking
1 month ago

Smooth marble canyon and fun dry falls to climb. The children loved exploring here.

nice easy hike, not too crowded and 87 degrees this morning.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful...a must see. Super crowed.

hiking
1 month ago

A great canyon hike with lots of different options for every hiking skill level. Highly recommended climbing some of the spur trails to get great views of the valley.

hiking
1 month ago

Deep gravel most of the way which makes it difficult so a decent workout. The dry fall at the end was rather anticlimactic. May be better in a different season. Went in the evening and saw a lot of little bats hunting for bugs.

hiking
2 months ago

My favorite hike in Death Valley. Cool marble canyon, quiet, easy hike. Just as you come out of the first tight canyon, go to the left and follow a footpath to the top of a rock hill and get some great photos of the canyon from above.

Safe to do with shoes off. Easy "hike", but can be tough if you choose to climb the taller dunes. You can pick how far you and which dunes you choose to climb. We went to the tallest peak and sat for a very sandy lunch (the wind can pick up and get sand in your food)! Go in the morning - especially if you want to do it with you shoes off - the sand facing the sun gets really hot on the way back.

The first part was definitely the tighest canyon, but just going the first .5 to .75 Mike's definitely cuts out a lot of cool views. after the tight canyons from start it grows into a huge walled canyon with so much more to see. I was planning on just going the first .5 miles based off recommendations but had to keep going.

Interesting. I only walked for several hundred meters as I arrived here too late, while I don't think it will be different even I went deep into the dunes.

hiking
2 months ago

A very special place. I strongly recommend you to come here if you go to Death Valley. In fact, just hiking the first narrow part is enough to see all the features of the trail.

Great fun, worth the stop. No real trail, so we just pointed to a taller dune in the distance and hiked out to it.

If you've never experienced sand dunes, stop here. If (like me) you've visited other sand dunes, it's a bit of a letdown. So for experienced sand duners: only stop here if time permits and you want to experience the full range of landscapes Death Valley offers.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful canyon. We only hiked about 3/4 miles in to check it out!!

hiking
3 months ago

In my opinion, the trail is underwhelming. The coolest part is within the first .5 miles. It’s a bit of a drive to get down the gravel road to the trailhead. I recommend spending more time at the sand dunes instead.

Keep going the the falls are worth

hiking
3 months ago

I hiked from Shorty’s Well, just east of West of westside road, up the Jeep trail to the west for five miles. It was nice in early February.

The best lounging spot in all of Death Valley. Explore the sand dunes any which way, there are no trails. Like being transported to a Disney desert set. Went during the evening and stayed far after sunset. No critters to be found, barefoot hiking at its best.

Made it up to the highest peak well worth it making it more strenuous. Would love to come again

Just was up there recently and weather was perfect! Wrote a little trip report too.Definitely try and go see the sand dunes around sunset. It's magical!
http://www.shedreamsofalpine.com/blog/2017/12/6/a-weekend-in-death-valley-visit-the-racetrack-mesquite-flat-sand-dunes-and-badwater-basin

hiking
5 months ago

If you’re coming to the park from Panamint Springs direction it’s a definite stop to make. There’s a lot of interesting textures in the canyon and you don’t have to go too far to see them. Be prepared to climb and jump.

We walked from the parking lot to the highest dune which is about 150 feet above the valley floor. It's a tough 1.1 mile up and down hike (one way) but worth it! I recommend going early in the morning to beat the crowd or enjoying a picnic during sunset. Wear your gaiters or go barefoot.

hiking
6 months ago

We really enjoyed this hike for its beautiful rock formations and challenging scrambles over the rocks and through the narrows. There is a section at about 1.4 miles in where you need to climb up the incline in front and to the right of you rather than following the canyon. Following the canyon takes you to a very steep 15-20 (or so) foot climb up vertical rocks. Not being rock climbers we were lucky to have been directed by the hikers in front of us to head up the hill rather than follow the canyon. There are no signs. You'll see the trail again once you start up the hill and it'll drop you back into the canyon above the drop-off. The trail ends (for most people) at the tall rock wall at about 1.8 miles in. Super fun out-and-back hike.

hiking
6 months ago

NOT EASY
had to take off hiking boots to climb the rock wall to continue on the last 0.5-7 miles.
beautiful view, marble rocks, fun scrambling

hiking
7 months ago

First visit to Death Valley National Park and was fortunate enough to hike this on a low 70 degree day with my DH! Would consider this more of a moderate hike, but if you've ever hiked a mountain, you are well prepared. What a spectacular glimpse of Death Valley - a taste of the desert and all it has to offer! Honestly, you can stop at the "boulder jam" and still finish with an all around good experience of what the canyon has to offer and still get in some exercise! ;-) Rating this a four - although, I would only do this if the weather was cool like today...and unfortunately, I do not know when I will be back to hike this again as it is not in my "neighborhood". Was hoping to see an iguana...but that's alright - did spot two cacti on our route. All in all, a highly recommended hike for those wanting a quite unique experience of desert and canyon features!

Short fun trip across the dunes. We sought out the tallest dune of the day. It might change soon but for today, this was it. Nice fun adventure in the sands.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Easy and interesting

hiking
Friday, May 19, 2017

Very strenuous because you are going up and down hills of sand. There is no distinct trail, just go as much as you want. We went early in the morning to avoid overheating. Make sure to pack plenty of water. It is also safe to take your shoes off while walking.

hiking
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Have ventured out this trail a couple of times, it is like the Sahara, especially when it was 129 degrees in the valley in late June, 2013. Left before 7:30 in the morning and it was still 100 outside. Make sure you take water as it looks shorter than it is, and walking in sand is harder. Also if you do it during the very early morning or early evening you might see some wildlife, as in snakes & rodents… A great adventure!

hiking
Wednesday, May 03, 2017

This is a great place to experience sand dunes. Parking lot is right on the road and very close to Stovepipe Wells (food/water, etc). Park and start walking right into the dunes. They cover a vast expanse and even with large crowds, you can find solitude and untracked sand all over. The highest dune is not too far a hike, but it'll take some time since walking in sand can be slow, especially when climbing steep inclines.

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