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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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Nice trail and fantastic views

Pro tip: you only have to make it to the first saddle -- about two miles -- to see both Badwater and Mt. Whitney. We camped overnight at Mahogany Flat on Saturday, Oct 24... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 27, 2015
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Claremont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Pro tip: you only have to make it to the first saddle -- about two miles -- to see both Badwater and Mt. Whitney. We camped overnight at Mahogany Flat on Saturday, Oct 24, 2015, and it was full. Only ten campsites are there. But there's another campsite, Thorndike, a few miles down the road and I don't think it... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

My husband and I did this as a backpacking overnight trip. The gravel road past the Charcoal Kilns is a bit rough to Mahogany Flats, where we parked, so be careful. There is not a lot of campsites to be had on this trail, but we found one at Arcane Meadows (2 miles from the trailhead) at 9,600'. The next... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

We did the hike on August 23rd 2015. We left at 7am and took us 8 hours total. We took our time and took lots of photos.The first and last 2 miles are the hardest part. You are rewarded with an amazing view the whole time. I was worried to do this hike but it was much easier then expected.... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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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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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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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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

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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