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Address: Death Valley National Park, CA
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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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Excellent views the entire hike

Camped overnight at Mahogany Flat on May 4, 2016 where it was about 45 degrees and 30+mph wind all night long. The hike up Telescope took a little over 3 hours with lots of stops... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2016
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Katy, Texas
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Katy, Texas
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

Camped overnight at Mahogany Flat on May 4, 2016 where it was about 45 degrees and 30+mph wind all night long. The hike up Telescope took a little over 3 hours with lots of stops for photos and a couple food breaks, down was about 2.5 hours. Overall its not that strenuous of a hike compared to others and is... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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112 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2016

Highest point in the park, with nearly non-stop views of both Death Valley and Panamint Valley. Pretty strenuous (especially with snowfields to cross) and an all-day excursion. Totally worth it. Only a handful of others there, despite peak season and a superbloom. I imagine this is a great option in the summer heat, and I loved it in winter.

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Claremont
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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 41 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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37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 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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