Wildrose Peak Trail is a 8.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Death Valley, CA that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Climb from the charcoal kilns along good trail to the top of Wildrose Peak. Trail follows an old road bed for a mile, then starts to climb to excellent views of Death Valley and Wildrose Valley before getting to the peak for 360 degree views.
I did this hike in November 2015. Park at the kilns and the trail head is to the left of them with a marked sign. This is a very easy hike for 90% of the trail, the last mile or so is pretty steep going but worth the view when you get to the top. There is a geo cache there so don't forget to fill it out. It snowed on me when I was there which made it all the more beautiful. I would recommend this hike if you to Death Valley.
We decided to spend a 3 day weekend in Death Valley NP to hike Telescope peak primarily. We couldn't find a camp site in Mahogany flats this memorial day weekend. We ended up staying at Wildrose campground. There was some thunderstorms during the night and rain hitting our tent. Next morning was a little overcast and cool weather. We opted to hike to Wildrose peak on the 24th and Telescope peak on the 25th. So glad we did. The hike was beautiful with stunning views of the desert floor and mountain ranges. Due to the rain the previous night the views were clear.
Breathtaking views. Looking down into Badwater is amazing and its over 9000 feet below. Looking to the west you can make out the Sierra's and Mount Whitney . The previous day I spent my time looking up at Wildrose and Telescope Peaks from Badwater and Furnace Creek. The trail was easy to identify and follow near the end there are many switch backs. One of the easier 9000 plus peaks I've done.
2,200 ft ascent from trail head parking lot. Mixed terrain requires attention to footing. The term "switchbacks" on last 1,000 ft of trail laughable...if you can breathe due to high altitude and steepness of trail. Snow still visible on neighboring peaks. Cold and howling wind but gorgeous 360 views from summit.