Telescope Peak

Death Valley, California

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The trek to Telescope Peak is a strenuous all-day hike to the highest point in the park. From here you have spectacular vistas made even more impressive given the astounding elevation difference of 11,300 feet from the valley below. The 7-mile trail to the top of Telescope Peak is one of only two constructed back-country trails in all of Death Valley National Park. Although no rock cairns or tree blazes mark the way, the clear trail is easy to follow throughout its length. After the snow melts by mid- to late spring, there is no water anywhere along the high, dry ridge route, so be sure to carry an ample supply.
Hiking Death Valley National Park

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Hiking Death Valley National Park

by Bill and Polly Cunningham (Falcon Guides)

The trek to Telescope Peak is a strenuous all-day hike to the highest point in the park. From here you have spectacular vistas made even more impressive given the astounding elevation difference of 11,300 feet from the valley below.

The 7-mile trail to the top of Telescope Peak is one of only two constructed back-country trails in all of Death Valley National Park. Although no rock cairns or tree blazes mark the way, the clear trail is easy to follow throughout its length. After the snow melts by mid- to late spring, there is no water anywhere along the high, dry ridge route, so be sure to carry an ample supply.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Death Valley
Distance: 14
Elevation Gain: 3,500 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 7-10 hours
Season: Best season: Mid-May to mid-November (check at ranger station for weather information affecting Wildrose Canyon Road)
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 Telescope Peak-CA
Driving Directions: Directions to Telescope Peak

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