Salt Creek Interpretive Trail

Death Valley National Park
Located 58.7 miles from Shoshone, California (CA)
4 Stars
1,172 Steps 1  (0.5 mi)

The Salt Creek Trail is an easy boardwalk trail that follows the Salt Creek and its pools. The creek is too salty for humans to drink, but the water is a source of water for different plants and animals. The rare Salt Creek Pupfish has thrived in these waters for thousands of years.

Salt Creek Interpretive TrailheadSalt Creek Trail, Death ValleySalt Creek Boardwalk


The Salt Creek Interpretive Trail has a maximum elevation of 0 ft (0 m), a minimum elevation of -218 ft (-66 m), and an elevation range of 218 ft (66 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
1,1720.5 mi-218 ft0 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
13 min0.78 ft8 ft
[ B to A ]
13 min0.78 ft8 ft

What is the length of the Salt Creek Interpretive Trail?

The length of the trail is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) or 1,172 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Salt Creek Interpretive Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 13 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 13 min in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.

Topo Maps

Download the free Salt Creek Interpretive Trail topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Death Valley National Park topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Stovepipe Wells NE, CA
  2. North Topo Map: Chloride City, CA
  3. Northeast Topo Map: East of Chloride City, CA
  4. West Topo Map: Grotto Canyon, CA
  5. Topo Map: Beatty Junction, CA
  6. East Topo Map: Nevares Peak, CA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Tucki Wash, CA
  8. South Topo Map: West of Furnace Creek, CA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Furnace Creek, CA

Is there a Salt Creek Interpretive trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Salt Creek Interpretive Trail is located on the Beatty Junction topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.



  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.