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greenBlue Darwin Falls

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Trail

2.1 mile 3.4 kilometer out and back
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 425' 129 m
Descent: -425' -129 m
High: 2,918' 889 m
Low: 2,494' 760 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 52% (28°)

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Trail shared by Chris Wandervans

An amazing route leading to a desert oasis.

Chris Wandervans

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall

Overview

While there's no official "trail" in this area, this route is a fairly easy way to reach a relatively verdant desert oasis.

Need to Know

The trail is not marked, but is easy to follow. This trail should be avoided during flash flood watches.

Description

Darwin Falls is an amazing hike that starts in a very dry landscape and then you enter into a desert oasis and will continue your journey among trees and lush grasses as you pick your way to a natural spring and an amazing waterfall.

After you enter the trees, there are some mandatory creek crossings that might get your feet wet. Additionally, you'll need to do some scrambling over some rocks as you work your way to the end of the trail. The trail is unmarked, but is easy to follow, as most of the route is in a desert wash.

Flora & Fauna

A desert oasis in barren Death Valley.

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Jul 1, 2019
Connor Sandry
underwhelming 2.1mi — 20h 00m
May 17, 2019
Aria Grabowski
Feb 16, 2019
Jim Sullivan
Feb 2, 2019
Ryan Tidwell
Sep 28, 2018
mountain dude 101
decent sized steam, with large trees and vegetation leading up to a 40 foot waterfall in the middle of the desert 2.1mi
Sep 27, 2018
Timothée Florent
Sep 8, 2018
Brandon Burr
Aug 19, 2018
Beethi Karmakar
Was difficult at 55 degrees and we could make it only up to a point very close to the falls

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  4.5 from 13 votes

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