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Badwater Salt Flat

Beginning Elevation: -165 Feet (-51.4 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 5 Miles (8.33 Kilometers) Across flats

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General Description

The Badwater Salt Flat Trail begins from the Badwater Road, which lies 17 miles south of Furnace Creek. This walk leads through the lowest place in the Western Hemisphere, which has an elevation of approximately 165 feet below sea level. The trail surface, and surrounding terrain, consists of salt crystals that are often covered by a temporary lake after rain storms. If you are traveling through the area after rain storms watch out for muddy areas. There is no actual trail through the salt flats and no trees or other forms of cover. Do not hike through the salt flats during the summer months. This is the hottest area of the park.

Directions from Furnace Creek: Drive southward on Highway 190,17 miles to the Badwater parking area. The route begins from this trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Mid-September through Mid-May (NOTE: This route is not open during the Summer months due to exposure possibilities.) .

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California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543


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