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Badwater Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Badwater is less of a hike and more of a must-do walking excursion for visitors to Death Valley. There is no trail here, but visitors can walk as far as they wish. This is the transcendent and devilishly hot place from which the area’s hellish moniker is derived. In the summertime, the desert heat is trapped and recirculated by the encompassing mountain walls that keep it within the low elevation of the valley. At night, the salt flat, 282 feet below sea level, is the lowest elevation in the Western Hemisphere. high altitude of the surrounding ranges does not allow hot air to escape."
--Allen Riedel, 100 Classic Hikes in Southern California (The Mountaineers Books).
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