Wildrose Peak Trail is a 7.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Death Valley, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length7.8 miElevation gain2486 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Death Valley National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $30 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55. 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.

Day use parking at the charcoal kilns and pit toilets.

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

Directions from Furnace Creek: 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.

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Jedidiah Olson
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HikingGreat!IcySnow

The trail is well marked and probably has great views but we got caught up in a windy snow storm that hid any of the views. Luckily we were prepared so keep that in mind as the hike is well above all the touristy spots of Death Valley. Our drive started out at a nice 54° but by the time we made it to the trailhead it was 32°. Still well worth the trip. The Kilns are really cool. Hidden Gem.

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Rachel Cannon
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12-21-20 Well maintained trail, usually busy, I like it because I live and work in Death Valley and this is as "woodsy" as it gets for me. Not the best for views around the park, but still a lovely nature hike with zero chances of danger or getting lost. I like it but I could see how others may not impressed to bag this peak. The first sign of elevation gain is about 0.8 miles of incline and the last 0.5 miles is a solid elevation climb, so there is some work to this summit. I would say 1 thumb up! :D Large rock pile at top with an ammo can containing log book.

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Kimberly Coble
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Did on December 11, 2020 The last several miles to get to the TH is a gravel road with washboard, minor holes and minor rocks sticking up on the road. TH parking is on gravel and has vault toilets. TH is located to the left of the Charcoal Kilns. It’s a steady ascent all the way to the summit. One of the least favorite hikes because the views I got the entire hike to the summit were the same once I reached the summit. The views on the opposite side weren’t impressive. I was the only one on the trail in and out.

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Divya Kalimuthu
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Vaune Pelletier
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Alex Ruiz
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Sweet hike!

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Elliot Simon
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Eric Schmid
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craig bouchie
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Ron Baker
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Absolutely stunning every turn a reel ass kicker in the best way. Top 20

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Sarah Schofield
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HikingIcySnow

Beautiful day, windy and chilly at the top. Took a long time to get up, as some spots were snowy, but the whole trip totaled around two hours! If it’s a clear day, I say go for it! Total moving time: 2:53

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Rodney Look
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Beautiful day. About 90 minutes the the top had a brisk pace. Little bit of wind wonderful temperatures

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Chris Randall
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Albert Wong
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You have to drive 2 miles on unpaved road to get to the trailhead. It is a good hike, decent incline, 30% shade. The view was great on top. My only complain is the trail too rocky

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Garret Stoops
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Samuel Cloutier
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Hit the trail right before sun up, around 615. nice and cool and the way up. Warmed up on the way back down. Definitely the way to do it. A couple of tough parts but a great day hike. Beautiful views!

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Brett Mitchell
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Was very nice. Went to mile 3. Five groups hiking. I always like when there are some people but not too crowded.

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Jessica Kormelink
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Well made trail, easy to follow and the junipers and piñon trees are nice.

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Keith Blodorn
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Wild Rose Peak trail provides a different Death Valley experience. We hiked this trail in August, while camped a bit further up at Mahogany Flats campground. While Badwater Basin cooked at 110+°F, our hike kept to a pleasant upper 70 to low 80 degrees. The trail starts out from the charcoal huts at a modest incline, which turns a bit steeper after a mile. At the halfway point, the trail levels out to traverse a ridge, with excellent views of the basin below. On leaving the ridge, the peak comes into view, still appearing distant and quite a bit higher. Remember this view - in a few minutes, the trail opens to a peak that seems much closer. This is the first of several false peaks on the second half of this hike. The upshot is that each of these intermediate peaks provides increasingly beautiful views of Death Valley below. The final peak stands just past a small saddle, and reward with views of both the valley the the East and the Panamint range to the West. We found it to be a difficult climb, with only sporadic shade from the high desert pines. Bring lots of water and put on the sunscreen - we came away with a few sunburns despite applying sunscreen. Overall this is a nice way to see DVNP even in the dead of summer.

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Thomas Burke
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First of all, the ten charcoal kilns at the trail head are spectacular, each 30' high and 30' wide. I've seen them in pictures, but that doesn't do them justice. Major wind storm that day which turned the valley into a dust cloud, so limited views. Furnace Creek was 115 degrees that day, but the trail head was a perfect 85. The first mile was flat, but the next three were straight up except for half a mile in the middle. Took me 4.5 hours round trip, but then I'm 71. Great hike, nobody on the trail - just don't pick a windy day.

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CJ Gosline
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Hiked this in March. Difficult hike but well worth it! There was snow on the trail towards the top so we got a bit side tracked.

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Joshua Hemma
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I did this trail about a year and a half ago and didn't realize I forgot to review. I remember it being well marked, very hot, and Challenging. A pesky tarantula hawk chased my halfway up, making my time a bit faster than planned! It's unfortunate, but the heavy traffic of careless tourists have nearly destroyed the kilns. Remember to leave better than found my friends.

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Hiker Nick
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3/14/20 Fun hike if you are in the western part of Death Valley National Park. Trailhead starts at the very left Charcoal Kiln. Moderate hike with no major inclines. After 2 miles the trail flattens out and becomes easier. Once you pass the saddle the views really open up and you can see Telescope peak and BadWater Basin from the distance. The trail was snow slush. Didn’t need micro-spikes which was nice but recommend bringing them just in case. The peak is epic with 360 degree views. Highly recommend this hike! It’s less than 9 miles out and back. You’ll enjoy it. Peak - 9,064 ft elevation

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