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Badwater Professional Review and Guide
"This is a perfectly flat hike on a boardwalk that leads you onto the salt flats at the hottest and lowest point in the United States and the lowest elevation you can drive to in the Western Hemisphere. This vast bed of salt lies 282 feet below sea level.As bleak as it looks, the popular hike onto the salt flats at Badwater is arguably the ultimate Death Valley experience. If you have been to Dante’s View or Telescope Peak, you probably saw the human ants on the white expanse of valley floor and wondered what could be so fascinating. Here you will find individuals, especially families, cavorting like they’re at the beach or enjoying a spring snow. To gain a genuine sense of the enormity of the salt flats, hike beyond the heavily traveled section. The hike begins at the parking area beneath the cliffs that soar up to Dante’s View, 5,542 feet above."
--Bill and Polly Cunningham, Best Easy Day Hikes: Death Valley National Park (Falcon Guides).
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