Badwater 135 Ultramarathon Race Route
(Historic route, 1977-2013)

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Covering 135 miles (217km) non-stop from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, CA, the Badwater Ultramarathon is the most demanding and extreme running race offered anywhere on the planet. The start line is at Badwater, Death Valley, which marks the lowest elevation in the Western Hemisphere at 280’ (85m) below sea level. The race finishes at the Mt. Whitney Portals at nearly 8,300’ (2530m). The Badwater course covers three mountain ranges for a total of 13,000’ (3962m) of cumulative vertical ascent and 4,700’ (1433m) of cumulative descent. The Portals are the trailhead to the Mt. Whitney summit, the highest point in the contiguous United States. Competitors travel through places or landmarks with names like Mushroom Rock, Furnace Creek, Salt Creek, Devil’s Cornfield, Devil’s Golf Course, Stovepipe Wells, Keeler and Lone Pine. For 2D and 3D tour of the race course, click the top left image below, then scroll through the course overview slideshow with the arrows.

2014 route information
Mile-by-mile race route, including Time Station locations and all landmarks
Written Course Description
Course Map, as below in black and white Pdf format
Google Earth file of the Race Route.

You may need to right-click or control-click to download this .kmz file. Thanks to 2010 Badwater entrant Ian Adamson for preparing this.


Pdf download of the best route to drive to and from Death Valley. Print this and use it for your drive to and from the event! NEVER USE A GPS TO NAVIGATE TO DEATH VALLEY!

Buy a full-color poster of the Badwater Ultramarathon Route for $10 (as pictured below)!

This high-quality, full-color art poster displays the Badwater Ultramarathon course from Badwater in Death Valley to Mt. Whitney. The mountains are highlighted by shaded relief, with colors ranging from white and greens at the lowest elevations, through yellows and browns, to grey at the highest elevations. The Badwater course is shown, along with check point locations and cumulative distance to each. A small inset shows the elevation profile of the course.

The poster measures 24"x36". It is printed on glossy, heavyweight paper and is suitable for framing and prominent display Available from our friends at

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