The salt flats (Devil’s Golf Course and Badwater) are one of the must-see’s of Death Valley. Badwater basin also happens to be the lowest point in the US, with elevation is -282 feet (86 meters) … that’s a minus sign there, i.e. under sea level. I could practically feel my ears popping.
Next stop was Willow Creek, some miles south from Badwater. It’s a pretty nondescript wash that leads into a narrow canyon few miles up the mountains. What made it interesting was an honest-to-God waterfall at the end. Not something you expect to see in Death Valley, but there it was. Very cool water, although the bighorn sheep carcass we saw earlier discouraged us from drinking from it. We also got to explore few slot canyons and Vi got her rockclimbing freak on!
Just before sunset we hiked the Golden Canyon near Furnace Creek. The massive rock wall Red Cathedral shone bright red in the setting sun, and the unreal mud formations reinforced the otherworldly feeling. This is considered an easy hike due to flat ground and easy access, but it ended up being my favourite hike. Be sure to go near sunset and deviate from the main trail to climb the mud hills!