San Diego, CA
Trailblazer | 1263 pts
I can't say enough good things about this trail. Short and sweet, but only if you stay on trail. And with so many rocks to climb, why would you stay on trail? This is an otherworldly place, Valley of Fire, and White Domes is a nice break from all the red sandstone, which is also spectacular. Good to see some whites and pinks and yellows here, though. If you start feeling a little dejas vous that might be because you watched too much Star Trek as a kid: this area served as the surface of some other planet for some episodes, and it's easy to see why. Valley of Fire is an underrated gem. It does get pretty crowded on weekends (when we arrived and couldn't find a place to pitch our tent until some kind souls offered to share theirs; soon, they were new hiking buddies), but we hit this trail mid-week and had it to ourselves. Don't rush through this trail--spend a good half day.