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Darwin Falls

Easy/Intermediate
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Trail

2.1 mile 3.4 kilometer out and back
86% Runnable
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

No swimming.

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. To get to the trailhead, follow Darwin Falls Road, which is unpaved. For more information on the trail, visit the NPS website.

Runner Notes

Scrambling required.

Description

Darwin Falls is an amazing run 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 with willows and other greenery around the waterfall. You may hear or see migratory birds in the springtime.

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  4.5 from 14 votes

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Darwin Falls cascades peacefully down the rocks into a pool below.
Apr 6, 2017 near Searles…, CA
Water cascades serenely from Darwin Falls.
Jan 13, 2017 near Searles…, CA
The trail to Darwin Falls follows a steep-walled canyon rife with rocks and scrubby desert flora.
Jan 13, 2017 near Searles…, CA
The trail to Darwin Falls follows a beautiful desert riparian ecosystem.
Jan 13, 2017 near Searles…, CA

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