Salt Creek Road

Death Valley National Park, California

Distance1.2mi
Elevation Gain60ft
Trailhead Elevation-174ft
Top-174ft
Elevation Min/Max-217/-174ft
Elevation Start/End-174/-174ft

Salt Creek Road

Salt Creek Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Inyo County, California. It is within Death Valley National Park. It is 1.2 miles long and begins at -174 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 60 feet.

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Hiking Death Valley National Park (Falcon Guides)
Bill and Polly Cunningham
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"A nature trail on a boardwalk along Salt Creek features pupfish, pickleweed, and salt grass. Extend the interpretive hike by heading up the creek or high on the nearby ridge. Salt Creek Interpretive Trail is a fully accessible, lollipop-shaped boardwalk hike, with trailside signs providing interpretive information. The extended hike continues up Salt Creek beyond the boardwalk. There is a beach-like quality to the short hike, not only due to the boardwalk designed to protect this delicate habitat, but also due to the aroma of saltwater and the salt grass and pickleweed growing in dense clumps on the sandy stream banks."
Best Easy Day Hikes: Death Valley National Park (Falcon Guides)
Bill and Polly Cunningham
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"This is a nature trail on a boardwalk along Salt Creek features unique vegetation and wildlife, such as pickleweed, salt grass, and endemic Salt Creek pupfish found only here. There is an optional hike on the east ridge. Salt Creek Interpretive Trail is a fully accessible, lollipop-shaped boardwalk hike, with trailside signs providing interpretive information. The extended hike continues 2 miles up Salt Creek to the Salt Creek wetlands. There is a beach-like quality to the short hike, not only due to the boardwalk designed to protect this delicate habitat, but also due to the Hike 12 Salt Creek 63aroma of salt water, and the salt grass and pickleweed growing in dense clumps on the sandy stream banks."

Salt Creek Road Trip Reports

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2/22/2011
This was really cool with the kids. We found pup fish in the springs. It is such a contrast to all the salt and rock around it. Worth the 30 minutes.
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Trail Information

Death Valley National Park
Nearby City
Death Valley National Park
Parks
Furnace Creek Visitor Center; (760) 786-3200; www.nps.gov/deva
Local Contacts
NPS Death Valley Visitors Map; Trails Illustrated Death Valley National Park Map; USGS Beatty Junction-CA (Salt Creek Nature Trail), and Grotto Canyon-CA for longer hikes
Local Maps

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