Panamint Dunes

Death Valley, California

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This is a cross-country, open desert hike on relatively inaccessible, high, star-shaped sand dunes in the expanded western region of the park. Spectacular views of the Panamint Valley and surrounding mountain ranges sweep in all directions. The Panamint Dunes are clearly visible to the northwest from the trailhead/parking area. Because these extensive dunes rise several hundred feet, they appear deceptively close. In fact, they are 4 miles away across open desert, requiring a steady 1.5- to 2-hour walk just to reach the higher complex of dunes. This relative inaccessibility, compared to most other dunes in the California desert region, accounts for their pristine quality.
Hiking Death Valley National Park

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Hiking Death Valley National Park

by Bill and Polly Cunningham (Falcon Guides)

This is a cross-country, open desert hike on relatively inaccessible, high, star-shaped sand dunes in the expanded western region of the park. Spectacular views of the Panamint Valley and surrounding mountain ranges sweep in all directions.

The Panamint Dunes are clearly visible to the northwest from the trailhead/parking area. Because these extensive dunes rise several hundred feet, they appear deceptively close. In fact, they are 4 miles away across open desert, requiring a steady 1.5- to 2-hour walk just to reach the higher complex of dunes. This relative inaccessibility, compared to most other dunes in the California desert region, accounts for their pristine quality.

© 2017 Bill and Polly Cunningham/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Death Valley
Distance: 9
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3-4 hours
Season: Best season: Mid-October to mid-April
Local Contacts: Furnace Creek Visitor Center; (760) 786-3200; www.nps.gov/deva
Local Maps: NPS Death Valley Visitors Map; Trails Illustrated Death Valley National Park Map; USGS The Dunes-CA
Driving Directions: Directions to Panamint Dunes

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