Salt Creek Interpretive Trail

Lone Pine, California 93545

Salt Creek Interpretive Trail

Salt Creek Interpretive Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The walk out along Salt Creek is a startling change from the usual Death Valley desert floor hike. The sound of the merry running water in the winter and spring, with the flourishing growth of salt grasses, suggests a stroll on the beach. All that are missing are the seagulls. With the interpretive signs along the trail, you can enjoy the fish and birds as well as learn about the dynamic changes of the desert habitat and the ability of some species to adapt to its harsh conditions. The Salt Creek Pupfish, endemic to Death Valley, are the stars of this hike. In the spring there are hundreds of them in the riffles and pools of the creek. In other seasons they are dormant (winter) or the stream is reduced to isolated pools (summer and fall)."

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Trail Information

Lone Pine
Nearby City
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1 hour
February through April
-150 feet
Trailhead Elevation
-140 feet
Top Elevation
Death Valley National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Beatty Junction (Salt Creek Nature Trail), Stovepipe Wells NE, and Grotto Canyon
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018