Wildrose Peak Professional Review and Guide
"This fine round-trip day hike leads to a lofty Panamint Range summit, from which hikers can see the highest and lowest points of land in the contiguous United States. Of the few established trails that exist in the vast reaches of Death Valley National Park, most are very short nature trails that barely scratch the surface of the Death Valley hiking experience. Most Death Valley hikes are desert hikes, and caching water is a necessity for extended treks. By contrast, the two moderately long maintained trails to Telescope and Wildrose Peaks offer a mountain hiking experience. The lofty Panamint Range stands high enough to bear the distinction of being the wettest area in the park.This island of high country hosts vast stands of piñon juniper woodland and, atop 11,049-foot Telescope Peak, a forest of bristlecone pine. Aside from the sweeping vistas enjoyed from Wildrose Peak, the most notable features of this hike are the ten charcoal kilns at the trailhead. Constructed in 1876, the kilns supplied charcoal from the piñon-juniper woodlands of Wildrose Canyon to the Modoc Mine in the Argus Range, 20 miles distant across the Panamint Valley. The charcoal was necessary to process lead and silver ore."