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Panamint Dunes

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Tim A wrote a review Feb 2019
Falling Waters, West Virginia49 contributions9 helpful votes
About 4 mile hike from parking area at end of 6 mile Off Road dirt gravel road. Best driven with high clearance vehicle.
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Date of experience: January 2019
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AnnapolisHiker_MD wrote a review Mar 2018
Annapolis, Maryland145 contributions184 helpful votes
The Panamint Dunes are described as the least visited and most isolated series of sand dunes in Death Valley National Park. They are visible from the Panamint Springs Resort. While not as easily accessible as other sand dunes in the park these dunes are a real treat and worth the effort. Approximately 4.4 miles from Panamint Springs Resort is a nondescript "road" on the left side of the highway. The road is primarily dirt and gravel and is relatively rough. You will pass through several wash areas that have left ruts in the road. We had a 4-wheel drive vehicle but the road is passable with a high clearance 2-WD as well. The road is approximately 6 miles long to a small parking area where the "trail" to the dunes begins. The dunes are visible from the parking are and don't appear too impressive but are actually 400 ft high and difficult to climb. The hike is "line of sight" so just strike out across the desert towards the dunes and you will arrive at the foot of the dunes in about 3.5 miles. There is a rocky area of hiking at first but the path smooths considerably as you proceed. Elevation gain is probably about 1000 ft total from the parking area to the top of the dunes so be prepared to go uphill a bit. Because few people venture out to these dunes they are pristine if you get there in the morning and you can climb and make foot prints where no others have yet trod. Best to climb up the ridges because that is the firmest sand. It is a nice place to have lunch before hiking back to the car. There is no problem seeing where to go on the return to the parking are because your car will be visible from the dunes. My wife and I were really pleased with this hike on our first day in the park. Definitely include this in your plans if in the Panamint Springs area. As a bonus to the hike and the scenery (mountains all around) we saw a bobcat meandering up the dunes while we were having lunch; a rare sighting in the park according to the rangers. What a fun hike!!
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Date of experience: February 2018
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