Wildrose Peak

Death Valley, California

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The Wildrose Trail takes you to a high Panamint summit from which the highest (Mount Whitney) and lowest (Badwater) land in the lower forty-eight states can be seen. In spite of its rather impressive elevation gain, the Wildrose Trail begins modestly. From the kilns at the trailhead, the trail charges 50 yards uphill to the northwest, achieving a 60-foot gain, but then follows the contour of the hillside for nearly the next mile. This section is a gentle warm-up for the hike ahead. Along the route, rock outcroppings extend to the west, hovering over Wildrose Canyon below. This is classic mountain lion country.
Hiking Death Valley National Park

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Hiking Death Valley National Park

by Bill and Polly Cunningham (Falcon Guides)

The Wildrose Trail takes you to a high Panamint summit from which the highest (Mount Whitney) and lowest (Badwater) land in the lower forty-eight states can be seen. In spite of its rather impressive elevation gain, the Wildrose Trail begins modestly.

From the kilns at the trailhead, the trail charges 50 yards uphill to the northwest, achieving a 60-foot gain, but then follows the contour of the hillside for nearly the next mile. This section is a gentle warm-up for the hike ahead. Along the route, rock outcroppings extend to the west, hovering over Wildrose Canyon below. This is classic mountain lion country.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Death Valley
Distance: 8.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4-6 hours
Season: Best season: September to mid-November and March through June (depending on snow level)
Local Contacts: Furnace Creek Visitor Center; (760) 786-3200; www.nps.gov/deva
Local Maps: NPS Death Valley Visitors Map; Trails Illustrated Death Valley National Park Map; USGS Wildrose Peak-CA and Telescope Peak-CA
Driving Directions: Directions to Wildrose Peak

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