Ascent to Badwater on 2018-01-14

Climber: Sandy Lara

Date:Sunday, January 14, 2018
Ascent Type:No Summit Goal
    Elevation:0 ft / 0 m

Ascent Trip Report

After doing Corkscrew Peak with the group, we headed to Badwater. We usually climb to high points. It was time to go to the lowest point either of us had been! Badwater, at 282 feet below sea level, is the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere. There is a parking lot and a salt flat that goes out to an accumulation of saltwater at the lowest point. It is quite shallow, only an inch or so deep for a long way. The salt crystals build up in what looks kind of like a honeycomb (hexagonal) pattern. We were fortunate to be there late on a cooler day with cloud cover, so it was a pleasant 68 degrees. I can only imagine the heat of summer!
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Start Trailhead:0 ft / 0 m
Descent Statistics

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