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Telescope Peak trail

Death Valley National Park, CA
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Type: Hiking Trails
Activities: Hiking
Traveler Description: The drive up to the Mahogany Flats campground (and trailhead) sometimes, depending on weather and current road quality, may require a high clearance... more »
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Santa Barbara, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
24 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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103 reviews 103 reviews
19 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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61 helpful votes 61 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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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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