Dante's View Trail

Baker, California 92309

Dante's View Trail

Dante's View Trail Professional Review and Guide

"If at all possible, take this hike in the early morning so that the sun is at your back for better photography and for enhanced enjoyment of the superlative vistas and astounding 5,755-foot drop to the salt flats of Badwater, which sit at 282 feet below sea level. The temperature at Dante’s View averages 25 degrees cooler than that of Badwater. This exposed location is usually windy, necessitating a windbreak garment during the hike. This lofty vantage point in the Black Mountains enables one to almost see, or at least visualize, how the mountains are both slowly moving to the left (south) and rising relative to the surrounding terrain. Looking across Death Valley to the highest point in the park, 11,049-foot Telescope Peak, it is easy to note the major vegetative life zones stretching westward like a giant map. Bristlecone and limber pines thrive high in the Panamint Range. Below is the pinyon-juniper zone. Dante’s View is situated in a hotter, drier midslope of blackbush and sage. Floods from the mountains result in graveled fans with spreading root species such as creosote bush. Freshwater displaces salt from the edges of fans, allowing mesquite to grow. Pickleweed gains a foothold in the brackish water below these edges. The muddy tans and grays of the valley floor grade into white beds of almost pure salt—a chemical desert."

More Dante's View Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This short, easy hike offers magnificent panoramic views
of the highest and lowest points in the continental United
States. Surrounded by some of the most dramatic and colorful relief found anywhere, you are nearly 6,000 feet directly above the lowest spot in the nation at Badwater.

The unsigned trail to Dante’s Peak is clearly visible to the
north as it climbs toward Dante’s Peak from the parking
area. If possible, take this hike in the early morning with the sun at your back. This makes for better photography and for enhanced enjoyment of the superlative vistas and astounding 5,986-foot drop to the salt flats of Badwater, which sits 282 feet below sea level."

Dante's View Trail Reviews

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12/27/2010
We did this short trail in the early morning at sunrise. The view of Death Valley and all of the surrounding mountains is awesome. You see the desert, some alpine areas, and plenty of snow capped mountains. Easy walking. Fairly high altitude. Plenty of parking. Rest rooms.
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3/12/2009
Visitors in Death Valley definitely must stop here for amazing views. If you can, venture away from the parking lot along the narrow ridge trail to one of the many peaks farther out for amazing views of the badwater basin, furnace creek, telescope peak, and possibly mt whitney.
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1/15/2001
This short hike takes you from the Dante's View Overlook where you can park your vehicle, to the top of Dante's Peak for a fantastic 360 degree view of the surrounding area. To the Southeast you can see Mt.Charleston which overlooks Las Vegas. To the Northwest beyond the Panamints can be seen the Sierra Nevadas with Mt.Whitney as the tallest peak in the continental U.S. Looking below you can see Badwater which is the lowest point in the U.S. Once you reach the peak, it is hard to leave because of the magnificant view, but the gusty winds and cold temperatures of November eventually forced us back down the trail to our car.
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Trail Information

Baker
Nearby City
1
Distance
229 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
1 hour
Duration
October through June.
Season
5,475 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,704 feet
Top Elevation
Death Valley National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Dantes View
Local Maps