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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  • You got 3 peaks to hike pretty close together, if you want to climb telescope peak when there is snow make sure you bring proper equipment because it can get slippery. It can get to frezzing point so be prepared, no dogs allowed by the way.
  • What a beautiful hike passing by two peaks before reaching Telescope. Yes it's tough, yes it's a bit cold, but with Death Valley on one side, and the Sierra Nevada's on the other it is so worth it.
  • 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.
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