Telescope Peak trail, Death Valley National Park

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  • I went with a good friend of mine and his brother (it was actually in December 2011) to Death Valley National Park to try and conquer this hike. We arrived in Las Vegas, rented a 4x4 (as recommended),...  more »
  • I recently completed the Telescope Peak Adventure trip with Wildland Trekking Co. - this would be the very first Telescope Peak trip for Wildland Trekking Co. and I was one of the lucky ones to be a p...  more »
  • This is a great day hike to enjoy a rare view of the lowest (Badwater) and highest (Telescope peak) points in Death Valley. At 11000 feet telescope peak gives a great view of death valley. This high w...  more »
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  • Yes, it was colder at the top than in the valley, but the valley was 116 in July so we were happy it was only 70 at the top. It's a 14mi round trip, with over 3k elevation gain. The first 2.5 are up hill, then the nice meadow to catch your breath before before you hit the switchbacks. It's worth the effort to get to the top, the view is amazing.
  • Went in early September and the weather was perfect...especially considering we baked everywhere else in the park. Amazing views on this out and back trail. Tough hike, 7 miles each way, but highly recommended! Great views, well marked trail.
  • Quite a long trip but definitely worth it. 40°F colder than in the valley. There was still snow on the trail in May. Almost dead empty.
  • The highest point in Death Valley could not be any more different from the rest of the park. At 11,043 ft tall, it is way colder than its surroundings. Expect snow well into the spring. The peak is accessed by an 11-mile roundtrip trail starting at the Mahogany Flats campground. For two-wheel drive cars, park at the charcoal kilns and walk the final mile of road to reach the trailhead.
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Where to stay in Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park provides numerous developed campgrounds where you can pitch a tent. Some of these are free, and some are open year-round, while others only offer camping in the cooler, non-summer months. There are a few privately owned and operated lodges and inns in the park, most of which feature rustic accommodations. With its upscale lodging, the Furnace Creek Inn stands as an exception. The town of Beatty, on the Nevada side of the park, offers a few basic inns and motels and a couple of casinos. On the California side, Randsburg sits farther away from the park's popular Furnace Creek area, but the town offers numerous economy motels and views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
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