Hike to Darwin Falls



2 miles

Elevation Gain

275 ft

Route Type


Added by Korey Taylor

This scenic, easy day hike leads to a waterfall oasis in the desert.

Yes, you saw this right, it's a waterfall in Death Valley. This magical oasis has water flowing year round and is found in the driest place in North America. Death Valley is full of amazing places, but this should be on everyone's to-do list! It's a short hike that quickly rewards you with a place to escape the heat and a beautiful secluded area.

While there is no official trail to Darwin falls you can find the trailhead along Old Toll Road just west of Panamint Springs. The turn off is from Highway 190 and there is a small brown sign that says "Darwin Falls" and a 2.5 mile dirt road you follow and turn right into the trailhead parking lot. It's not too hard to find if you know what you're looking for. The trail starts off rather level at a canyon opening that narrows after about 0.7 miles to a small opening of lush willows and cottonwoods. You'll have travel another 0.3 miles over creek crossing and small rock scrambles to reach the 20 foot waterfall at the end. It's totally worth the trip!!

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MISSING PERSON REPORT: Sunday, July 19, 2020: - https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10207765998863570&set=a.1901710478098&type=3&theater - Eliot Hughes. White, male, 6'1, brown hair. - Last known location was Darwin Falls Trailhead in Death Valley, CA. - Car was found Saturday 7/18 by park rangers with his phone and gear still in the car. Please contact Matt Jimenez w/ any info @trogdill #darwinfalls

Awesome oasis in the middle of the desert

Packed with wildlife in the middle of nowhere!

over 5 years ago

Relief from the Sun

Wonderful and quick hike. Once you get into the canyon the temperature drops and you find the views. There is rock scrambling and creek hopping. Bring plenty of water and good shoes.

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