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Activities: Hiking
Description: Strenuous hiking trail with an elevation gain of 3,000 feet to the highest...
Strenuous hiking trail with an elevation gain of 3,000 feet to the highest summit in the Panamint range at 11,049 feet.
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One of the best hikes ever!

The drive to the trailhead from Beatty was so scenic and beautiful with the sun rising and hitting the sides of the mountains. I left my motel at 5:30AM and got to the trailhead... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Madison, Wisconsin
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The drive to the trailhead from Beatty was so scenic and beautiful with the sun rising and hitting the sides of the mountains. I left my motel at 5:30AM and got to the trailhead at 7:15AM. The last 1.5 miles of the road is in really rough condition. 4WD is recommended but my 2WD high-clearance SUV rental was able to... More 

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Santa Clarita, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Seven miles each way and an elevation gain of 3000’ from the trail head at 8100 to the Peak at 11,049’ but the trail up and the 360 degree view at the top make it worth every step. Telescope Peak is the one place you can see both the highest point (Mt. Whitney) and the lowest point (Badwater in Death... More 

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

This hike is tough but quite rewarding. Lack of air surprisingly takes its toll, probably due to elevation change of almost 4000m in one day. We did it in April in 8 hours turnaround time from Kilns. Make sure you have some kind of warm jacket as there are some exposed rims with really cold wind on the way. Last... More 

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Balboa Island, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 244 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

I like to hike this trail in November or May. Summer is too hot for me in the valley and there can be snow on this trail in the winter. Drive in and camp at Thorndike. You may need a 4x4 to get up there. Then its 7.5 miles each way. The trail is good; however, this is not a... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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74 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

To the top of Telescope Peak. Snow stopped us one year, sickness another year, but third time was the charm. I cached water about three miles out the night before. Views from the summit are wondrous, I had a ham radio handheld with me and I was able to bring up repeaters 100 miles away. Just take care to have... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We were still experiencing jet lag so a horribly early start wasn't so painful. It took two and a half hours driving from Beatty due to the low speed limits, beautiful winding roads, a few photo stops and the "suitable for high clearance vehicle" track at the end that reduced us to six miles per hour for the last stint.... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

•Trail is not very hot as cool wind is blowing all the way up. At the summit, you can see both the lowest (Badwater basin) and highest points(Mt, Whitney, if the weather is clear) in contiguous US. •Trailhead: Mahogany Flat campgrounds. 4x4 and High Clearance vehicle is recommended for last 1.5 mile to trailhead if the road conditions are bad.... More 

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USA
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34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

This is great place to hike for a first time to Death Valley. It really gives you an idea of the diversity of the park- simply because you can see everything. Views of Bad Water Basin below are incredible. This is also a great hike if you're not used to high altitudes. It gives you a taste without making you... More 

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Ridgecrest, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

winter = snow and ice; summer = wonderful place to be - cool, flowers! 7 mi. one way to top from Mahogany flats CG; about 3000 ft. elevation gain. Amazing views the whole way, but especially from the top. Good place for deer and big horn sheep!

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8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

The road in is super rough. Our rental couldn't make it to Mahogany Flat, so we hiked in from the kilns. This added about 3 miles to the start of our hike(and 3 miles to the end). It was 122F in Badwater the day before, so heat was an issue. If you aren't acclimated to the altitude, the mountain will... More 

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