Death Valley: Darwin Falls

HikeSnobs rate this: 2thumb (because it’s a waterfall in the fricking desert!)

Location: 

Visited: April 13, 2014

Description: A year round waterfall located on the western edge of Death Valley.

Length: 2 mile in and out

Duration: 45 minutes

Elevation: 20 feet

Terrain: Dirt and rocky trail

Difficulty: Easy

Wildlife: Lizard? Iguana? Whatever that animal is in the picture below

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Parking: Lot (36.327674, -117.514659)

Best time to go: Anytime

Bring: Water, camera, sunscreen


It’s true! A year-round waterfall exists in the desert!

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This spring-fed waterfall keeps the trail lush along the streamside. There is no formal trail but the 1 mile hike is pretty flat. There is some rock scrambling and a few stream crossings, but nothing difficult.

When we arrived at the beginning of the hike it was hard for us to imagine that a waterfall existed in the area at all. To our surprise the dusty desert trail quickly transformed into a lush green oasis in matter of minutes.

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This trail was not weiner-dog accessible…

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Even though the waterfall claimed to be year-round, we were still pretty surprised to catch it waterFALLING. It IS Death Valley, afterall.

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You can climb up the side of the canyon to try to get a different view… or just for fun 🙂 Just make sure you’re careful!

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Ricardo and Linda climbing away

And here’s the view from the top with Alice, Peter and Ox making sure we don’t die.

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View from the top

Seeing a waterfall in Death Valley, the HOTTEST place  on earth, definitely made the trip worthwhile. It is the perfect way to stay cool in the desert heat.


@HikeSnobs Tips:

  • Dogs are actually not allowed here… Shhhhhh!
  • There is another upper waterfall that we didn’t check up. To find it continue to climb up the canyon to the left of the falls to find it.

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