Hiking Death Valley gives access to 3,000 sq miles of otherworldly landscape which is complete with badlands, sand dunes, and some of incredible dark and clear night skies.
Death Valley is a sizable national park (largest in the lower 48 states) with many great attractions in the area, including Badwater Basin.
The rainfall is limited to approx 2-inches per year and the temperature range continues to be set at: 91.4 degrees F (annual high temperature), 62.9 degrees F (annual low temperature), and 77.15 degrees F (average temperature).
Because of the high height of summer, the park is close to the campers. A preferred time to start hiking Death Valley is October to April when the weather is more accommodating.
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Hiking Death Valley
Here are six of the best hikes in Death Valley National Park:
Ubehebe and Little Hebe Craters Trail
The Ubehebe and Little Hebe Craters trail is a loop path at approx 1.5 miles in length and with 320-ft elevation gain. It is situated close to Independence, CA. This trail is a practical choice for hikers of all abilities and opens to the public from October to April.
Mosaic Canyon Trail
The Mosaic Canyon Trail is about 2.8 miles in length (there and back) with a 530-ft elevation gain and situated near Death Valley, CA. Great features on the Mosaic Canyon trail include the three dead waterfalls and gorgeous rock formations. This trail is a practical choice for the beginner to skilled hikers and opens to the public from October to April.
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes Trail
The Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes trail is approx 1.5 miles in length (there and back) and situated in Death Valley, CA. This trail is given a difficulty rating of moderate and usage is light. The preferred time to visit the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes is early morning. Great views are possible by hiking to the top of one of the highest dunes.
Grotto Canyon Trail
The Grotto Canyon trail at 4 miles in length (there and back) has a 540-ft elevation gain and situated in Death Valley, CA. This hiking trail is rated moderate with mostly light usage and open to the public from October to April. Great features of the hike include short, dry falls at 8-15-ft and grottoes. Certain sections of the hike might require the use of technical equipment.
Harmony Borax Works
The Harmony Borax Works trail is approx 1 mile in length (loop) and situated close to Death Valley in California. This hike is rated for all hiking abilities and opens to the public from October to March. While the Harmony Borax Works hike is short, it is still interesting with plenty of historical items to admire.
The Wildrose Peak trail is about 8.4 miles in length (there and back) and is situated on the west side of Death Valley. This hike has an 2000-ft elevation gain which includes climbing from the charcoal kilns to the summit of the Wildrose Peak. Great features of this trail include its stunning views and wildlife. It is open year-round and is dog-friendly (must be on a leash).
Avoid hikes throughout the summer months when the high temperatures can be dangerous, especially in the low elevations (below sea level or on the salt flats). The high peaks are usually at a more acceptable temperate range in the summer. The preferred time to explore the wonders of the Death Valley National Park is October to April.