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#HikeDeathValley with the NPS

#HikeDeathValley with the NPS

Written by: , January 05th, 2016
Death Valley National Park Service has announced their second annual Hike Death Valley Challenge!

Visitors who explore the National Park and hike designated trails are eligible for a free 2016 Hike Death Valley decal. To qualify, you must accumulate at least four points by hiking the trails listed below and snapping a picture as proof. Bring your pictures to the Death Valley Visitor Center to claim your sticker and share your adventures on social media with #HikeDeathValley.  For more information, visit the National Park Services website here.

2016 Trails

Beginner Routes:

1 point each. Classic Death Valley Hikes

Natural Bridge 1.5 miles

The park’s largest natural rock span.

Badlands Loop 2 mile

Colorful badlands route beneath famous Zabriskie Point overlook.

Golden Canyon 2.0 miles

Dramatic canyon to colorful badlands. Can be linked to Badlands Loop.

Mesquite Flat High Dune 2.0 miles

Summit the highest dune for great views and unbeatable sunsets. ,h5>Ranger Led Hikes Mileage, location, and availability vary. Check the most recent ranger program schedule for guided hiking opportunities. Not available during summer.

Intermediate Routes:

2 points each. Some route finding necessary. No signs.

Desolation Canyon 3 miles Narrow Canyon through colorful badlands. (Download GPS Files: GPX /KML)

Mosaic Canyon 4 miles

Popular walk up a narrow, polished marble-walled canyon.

Willow Canyon- 5 miles

Wilderness hike to hidden waterfall

Sidewinder Canyon- 5 miles

Dark and narrow series of slot canyons  

Advanced Routes:

4 points each. Some route finding is required. Check weather conditions prior to your trip.

Little Bridge Canyon 6 miles

Unique and colorful geologic formations in a remote yet dramatic canyon.

Wildrose Peak 8 miles

The trail climbs 2200 feet to summit of 9064 feet high peak. Expect snow in winter.

Telescope Peak 8 miles

The highest peak in the park at 11,049 feet elevation. The trail is usually snow-free by June. High clearance vehicle required.

#repost @oddjobjoeglenn ・・・ Death Valley below, from Telescope Peak #HikeDeathValley (my first hashtag)

A photo posted by Furnace Creek Resort (@furnacecreek) on

Cottonwood/Marble Canyon Loop 32 miles

The most popular backpacking loop in the park. Water is typically available at Cottonwood Springs. A 4×4 vehicle with high clearance is necessary. Check weather, road, and springs conditions prior to your trip. Receive free backcountry permit at a park visitor center.

ADA Friendly routes

Salt Creek Loop

Wooden boardwalk through pupfish habitat.

Harmony Borax Works

Paved loop trail to 20-Mule Team historic site.

Badwater Salt Flats

An accessible ramp leads down to beautiful salt flats at the lowest point in North America.