Darwin Canyon

Total Miles
12.3

Elevation

1,531.59 ft

Duration

1 Hours

Technical Rating

1

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

This trail is easy to complete in almost any vehicle. Along the way you'll encounter the Darwin Falls trailhead, various side trails, and some interesting abandoned structures. There are some spots with loose sand and a few off-camber areas, but with a bit of skill and caution, this trail is an easy and scenic alternative route to enter Death Valley National Park. The trail meanders through a canyon that runs between Darwin, CA to Panamint Springs. It is part of the 35.5 Eichbaum Toll Road (completed in 1926).

Photos of Darwin Canyon

Darwin Canyon
Darwin Canyon
Darwin Canyon

Difficulty

95% of the trail is incredibly easy. However, there is one small section where the route gets a little rocky and you will encounter some off-camber sections as well as some small drop-offs.

History

Today Darwin CA is nearly a ghost town with a population of roughly 50 inhabitants, dwelling among a former mining community. In 1874 early Darwin prospectors discovered silver which led to a boom. The nearby boom in the Panamint area attracted slightly more attention, but Darwin's population soared to nearly 700 residents at the time. By 1877 production slowed and much of Darwin's population moved on to more prosperous areas. Mining surged once again in the years between the first and second world wars. But, miners in this era were more interested in Darwin's Zinc and Lead ores. Mining continued into the 70's.

Technical Rating

1

Status Reports

Dana Haines
Mar 28, 2024
2003 Chevrolet Silverado
Temporarily Closed
Posted Sign
Weather Event
The road closure sign doesn’t provide much detail, but the road appears to be washed out at the start
@mydirtyhummer Ps
Feb 07, 2024
2005 Hummer H2
Obstructed
Washout
Niels Joubert
Oct 06, 2023
4x4
Obstructed
Washout
Scott Cimino
Mar 31, 2023
4x4
Open

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