The “Hike”: Dante’s View
Vague Location: Death Valley National Park – Furnace Creek Area
Length: Viewpoint only, .5 mile or 1 mile – Out and Back
Total Elevation: 5,475′ at the Dante’s View and 5,704′ at Dante’s Point
When we arrived at Death Valley, I was eager to see some of the sights while there was still daylight. Dante’s View was not a planned stop and yet it was perfectly timed. The view was spectacular as the sun shined onto the shimmering salt flats of Badwater Basin. This was the perfect start to the visit.
Near the parking lot, there is a .5 mile trail that run’s north to Dante’s Peak. There is another trail that runs .25 miles south and provides slightly different views. I managed to hike the short trails in my flip flops, but wished that I changed into my hiking shoes.
“Dante’s View” was taken at Death Valley National Park on May 26, 2012.