Back Roads

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There is a lot to recommend about Death Valley. One of the great myths of the place is that there is no water. 
There is a LOT of water in Death Valley. Some of it is to be found in hidden oasis locations. Such a place is Darwin Falls. This isn’t all that far from where I saw a couple of B-52’s flying nap of the earth a week or so ago. If you’re going to visit the Panamint Range in Death Valley, a stop at Darwin Falls is a must. 
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There is an established trail to the falls and it’s not a difficult hike. If you arrive early in the morning you will likely see deer, and/or big horn sheep. 
If I’m in the area, I like to plan a picnic lunch in the area. Remember, if you pack it in, please pack it out. Bring a heavy blanket for ground cover, lay back after a leisurely lunch and take a nap with the falls splashing playfully in the background. Of the times that I’ve visited, I’m almost always the only person there. (or my party is the only people there)
On a hot day, there is the relief of shade and you can soak your feet in the water and cool off if you’re of a mind.
There will be more blogging about my recent trip to Death Valley…until I need to head out again and have more adventures to share. Should Darwin Falls be on your bucket list? 
It all depends what you enjoy.
The hike in doesn’t prepare you for the fall
Darwin Falls is actually a series of waterfalls. The runs pictured below and the pools empty into a third pool that just stays there as the water sinks into the sand.

14 thoughts on “Back Roads

  1. Beautiful scenery, LL!

    People mostly associate Death Valley with endless desert, but even the desert has surprises.

  2. I really don't have a list. However I do prioritize places to go and things to see. If you like off-road exploration in the Desert Southwest, this is a fun thing to do while in Death Valley.

  3. After May, I avoid Death Valley on general principles. Likewise, it's cold as a stepmother's embrace in the winter. Beyond those two extremes, it's interesting.

  4. You don't need a 4×4 to go places like this one. However, to fully explore Death Valley better to have the extra traction and horsepower.

  5. Death Valley is a lot like the Mojave Road. There's a lot of water, but it's not always apparent.

  6. Yep, I missed that last time I was there. Heard about it, but never seen it. Neat pics, thanks!!!

  7. One more aggravating thing about aging is determining what trails I can handle.

  8. This isn't a difficult hike. Slight slope up to get there, with a walking stick to provide some support, not tough at all. Most of Death Valley can be experienced from the wheel of your ride or fifty feet from same. This requires a small excursion.

  9. BEAUTIFUL! It's now on my bucket list! Yes please, more LL adventures! I like the places you introduce me to on here!

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