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Address: Death Valley National Park, CA
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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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Rewarding hike

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
Nikita K
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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231 reviews 231 reviews
87 attraction reviews
236 helpful votes 236 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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71 reviews 71 reviews
27 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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125 reviews 125 reviews
21 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2003

My son & I drove up to Mahogany Flats Campground Friday July 25, 2003. Road in is horrible by my Suburban did OK. Arrived just as it was getting dark. The wind kicked up & it was actually quite cool. We got up pre-dawn & started on the trail to Telescope Peak at 5:30am. The trail was much prettier than... More 

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