From Panamint Springs, drive east for 4.9 miles on Highway 190. Turn left onto a dirt road and drive 6.1 miles to the trailhead. Then walk about 4 miles northwest from where you parked the car. There is no official trail to the dunes, but they are visible from where you parked your car.
Panamint Dunes in Death Valley National Park, CA. Image taken on January 26, 2015
I arrived to the trailhead to Panamint Dunes at 4:40am. After about 4 miles of walking in the dark with a headlamp, I arrived at the dunes about 2 hours later as the sky was starting to lighten up. Despite the extra effort to reach these dunes, I thought it was totally worth it. The clouds at times would obscure the sun. However, when the sun did shine, it made for spectacular pictures that highlighted the dune shadows and fine lines within the sand. Not many people visit these dunes, so the sand was very pristine with no footprints to be seen...other than my own.