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Charcoal Kilns

Dirt track off of Highway 178/Wildrose Canyon Road, Death Valley National Park, CA
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Hindhead, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

The kilns are very well preserved but really are not worth the long drive with local petrol/diesel prices at $2 over the usual price.....the last 6 miles on a rough dirt road.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Getting to The Charcoal kilns is a very long drive but I guess it's worth it if you're looking for more adventure and scenic drive.and cooler temperatures (41 degrees ,march 2014).I'd say it's like driving from San Diego to Beaumont....the Charcoal kilns was built in 1877 which was used to convert pinyon and juniper logs to charcoal...

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Surrey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

The kilns are interesting although they have been renovated so not exactly the original specimens we expected. It is a long drive especially with the price of gas/diesel in the park. Unusually for the fantastic National Park Service there is very little information about the kilns or that it is a very long drive the last 6 miles on a... More

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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

The Charcoal Kilns are in the Panamint Mountains that form the western side of Death Valley. . From Stovepipe Wells you get there by driving 9.3 miles west on RT-190 to Wildrose Rd where you turn left. Follow it another 13 miles to Wood Canyon Rd (AKA Charcoal Kilns Rd). Here you either have to make a sharp right turn... More

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Irvine, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

A long drive there, the Kilns are well maintained, but unless one is continuing to the two long hikes, I don't believe it is worth the long drive just to see the Kilns. We also went to a abandon mines along the way, the mine is only 30 minutes from Stovepipe.

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Death Valley National Park, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

The Wildrose Charcoal Kilns were constructed in 1877 by Chinese Labor men in the employ of George Hearst. George Hearst had purchased into a mining operation at Lookout City (25 miles west of the Charcoal Kilns in the Argus Mountain Range). As the mining operation at Lookout City continued to grow the decision was made to build two furnaces directly... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013 via mobile

We visited the kilns during our second day in Death Valley. It is not a short drive, but it is a very interesting, peaceful spot. Be careful driving, as we experienced a flat tire on the drive out, as did the car in front of us.

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McFarland, Wisconsin, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

We decided not to subject our car tires to any more rough rock exposure so we parked at the end of the pavement and hiked up ("up" is the important word) 2 miles to the kilns. It's a pretty good incline for the entire hike there (but it's all downhill back). Very interesting to see and worth the hike. The... More

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East Marion, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013 via mobile

The kilns are an interesting stopping point at DVNP and are in excellent condition. The Wildrose peak trail starts at the site of the first kiln as you enter the parking lot. This trail is 8 miles R/T with an elevation gain of two thousand feet and is a very worthwhile hike as it offers wonderful views of the valley... More

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lewiston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

The trip to the kilns is as fascinating as the kilns themselves. Every bend in the road--and there are many--provides another stunning view, whether it's an up close look at wildly folded rocks or a distant view across the Panamints to the Sierras. I like the magnificent engineering and artistry of the kilns--and their silence. If you enter by way... More

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