Telescope Peak Trail

HARD 27 reviews

Telescope Peak Trail is a 12.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Death Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
12.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3559 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

snow

no dogs

Directions from Stovepipe Wells: Follow Highway 190 westward to Emigrant Canyon Road. Turn left on to Emigrant Canyon Road and follow it up the canyon to the Charcoal Kilns. If you don't have a high-clearance vehicle park at the kilns. I you have a high-clearance vehicle continue to Mahogany Flats Campground and the trailhead.

hiking
4 days ago

Absolutely one of the best views I've ever had! We were glad to have a cold budweiser at the top :)
The last part of the road is a bit harsh, but we made it up there with a 30ft RV...

hiking
15 days ago

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hiking
3 months ago

Incredibly beautiful hike with gorgeous views. Challenging, but it's nice because the hike is broken up into 3 sections. First section has 1500 ft of gain over 2 miles. Then it's relatively flat for 2 miles. The last part is the steepest but not much worse than the first section. Camping at Mahogany Flats was super easy. No reservations required. The dirt road going up is a little dicey for the last mile but we made it just fine in a 2wd SUV. We saw a few cars up there too. One thing that was pretty rough was the BUGS!! Nobody warned us on here! There were flies everywhere at the campground and they swarmed around us. It was the worst in the morning and afternoon, they died down at night. At one point we decided to hang out in our cars because they were so annoying, so bring big spray!
The weather was perfect. 75-80 at the campground and in the 60s at the summit. Bring lots of water for the hike, at least 3 liters per person. The campground doesn't have any water either so if you plan on cooking or rinsing off after the hike plan for that too. Overall this hike is awesome, highly recommend!

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

backpacking
4 months ago

First time on this incredible trail. Started early from Mahogany Flat Campground. The trail started out with a 2.2 mi incline that gets you up to the ridge. The winds along the ridge were extremely heavy in the morning, but gradually became better in the afternoon.

The last few miles were steep switchbacks up to the peak. Note that at the end of the switchbacks you hit a false summit. Just go a few more feet and you'll be on the top. Incredible views of Badwater Basin, Mt. Charleston, and the Sierras (including Mt. Whitney!).

All in all this was a rewarding trail and well worth the view from the top. If you do plan on making this a day hike I would recommend staying at Mahogany Flat and getting an early start. Be sure to bring plenty of water as the summer starts heating things up.

backpacking
6 months ago

This trail is awesome went on April 1st did not summit needed micro spikes or crampons. There were snow covered sections with a strong melt by 1pm. Then snow was very slick.

Also the road is closed that leads to the start point at 1.8 mikes away so the total mileage is 17.4 to summit and back. The road and parking takes place at the charcoal ovens. Expect another 1000 foot elevation gain before reaching the trail start point.

Bring at least 3 liters of water.

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hiking
Sunday, July 03, 2016

trail running
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

hiking
Friday, July 24, 2015

Was a little difficult for me, but a fun hike. Went in March when there was still a foot of snow and climbed with eight awesome dudes. Recommend, but advise you go prepared for the weather.

hiking
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

hiking
Thursday, June 18, 2015

This is a hard, but great trail. It is 6.5 miles one-way (13 miles round-trip) from the trailhead, even though the sign says 7 miles. The first 2.25 miles are pretty much straight up, and you will do about 1600 feet of elevation gain (an average of over 12% grade). The next 2.25 miles are easy, mild ups and downs along a ridge. The final 2 miles consists of 14 switch-backs that will take you to the top. The views along the entire trail are fantastic. From the top you can see Badwater Basin (lowest point in the western hemisphere, -282 feet) and Mount Whitney (highest point in the 48 states, 14,505 feet), a 2.8-mile elevation differential. Depending on the weather, it might be hazy, but in my estimation, it's worth the hike any day. I did the trail in the middle of June and took 3 liters of water with me; I wish I would have taken more. I camped at Mahogany Flat Campground, by the trailhead. The evening was incredibly windy, but it calmed down at night and the next day was beautiful for the hike. I suggest doing this at least once in your life!

hiking
Thursday, May 28, 2015

We kept an eye out for the weather forecast. Last year we drove up to Mahogany flats campground in April and it was cold and there was snow on Rogers peak. We decided to come back this year and actually hike to Telescope peak. We drove up the dirt road in the morning after packing hastily from Wildrose campground. Picked a camp site (which on the 25th was no problem) and prepared for the hike. The first 5 miles were easy compared to the last 1.5-2 miles. The last miles were many switchbacks but this is all forgotten when you finally reach the peak. The weather was perfect for us with a little overcast in the morning. The peak seemed in the clouds while we were hiking up. By the time we reached the peak we had 360 views. We had a good view at bad water, furnace creek on one side and Panamint springs on the other side. There was only one area with snow left along the trail. This was on our bucket list of peaks. Well worth the sweat!