Hike to Lower Darwin Falls

Old Toll Road

Distance

4 Miles

Elevation Gain

790 Feet

Activities

Chillin, Hiking, Fitness, Rock Climbing

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Picnic Area
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Darwin Falls is a year-round waterfall in a tiny spring-fed oasis in the middle of Death Valley - one of the driest spots on the planet.

Lower Darwin Falls is an approximate 4 mile out and back hike in Death Valley National Park. You can reach the trailhead from highway 190. The sign is rather faded - so watch for the entrance on your left about 5 minutes after you pass Panamint Springs (take a sharp right when you pass the springs). The road is rocky and uneven in places, so proceed with caution if you have a lower sitting vehicle. 

The start of the trail is an arid, desert environment, but the further you go, the greener it gets. There are many creek and stream crossings, be careful not to slip on wet boulders! Trekking poles are helpful in this technical part of the trail. Watch for wildlife: birds, lizards, frogs, snakes, and dragonflies. 

The lower falls is a stunning 25 ft split waterfall surrounded by trees and ferns and algae. If you continue up the stream, you'll find two more smaller waterfalls. The first part has no shade and can get extremely hot - bring lots of extra water. Dogs are allowed on this trail but must be kept on leash.

Photo: Matt High

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Tropical oasis in the desert

Such an awesome oasis in the middle of the desert! Tons of wildlife packed in such a small area in the middle of nowhere! Birds, lizards, frogs, and fish at the least!!!

Distance

4 Miles

Elevation Gain

790 Feet

Activities

Chillin, Hiking, Fitness, Rock Climbing

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

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