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“Great introduction to Death Valley” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Telescope Peak trail

Telescope Peak trail
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Owner description: 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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“Great introduction to Death Valley”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 sick (at least for me). You begin to feel it around 10,000 feet. Although, if you're really sensitive to it, you might get it at 8k.
Not a very challenging hike. Gets a little tough at the switchbacks close to the peak.
Lots to look out- wildlife, trees, flowers- incredible views on both sides.
We got sudden rain storms that blew through. You can actually see them coming. Pretty cool. Nothing to worry about. Just wet.
If you're coming from the west this is the place to hit first in Death Valley.

Visited October 2012
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Ridgecrest, California
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“Telescope Peak Trail”
5 of 5 bubbles 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!

2 Thank Janet W
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“Avoid Telescope Peak in August”
4 of 5 bubbles 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 kick your butt. Be prepared and aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness. Headache, nausea, and dizziness are early symptoms. All that said it was a great hike with amazing views. Two suggestions: 1. Don't hike in the heat of August. The trail and altitude are tough enough. 2. Rent/borrow a 4WD vehicle and drive the rough road all the way to the trailhead at Mahogany Flat. The round trip from the kilns where we had to park was about 20 miles. No joke.

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“Death Valley in August - Burr!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 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 I imagined. Lots of pine trees and wildflowers. The trail gives you wonderful views of Death Valley and towards the Sierras, but it wasn't clear enough to see Mt. Whitney. We took plenty of water, some Propel & a quart of Gatorade. We summited at 10:30am which sets no records, but we made it to the top. We had the peak to ourselves for about 20 minutes & then 2 guys from Edwards AFB joined us. We made it down at 3:30pm & while we were resting the storm clouds moved in, so we threw gear in the car & took off. Can't wait to go back next Spring on a really clear day!

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