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Wildrose Trail

Death Valley National Park, California
Distance4.1mi
Elevation Gain3,100ft
Trailhead Elevation6,881ft
Top9,068ft
Elevation Min/Max6876/9068ft
Elevation Start/End6881/6881ft

Wildrose Trail

Wildrose Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Inyo County, California. It is within Death Valley National Park. It is 4.1 miles long and begins at 6,881 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,100 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. The trail ends near Wildrose Peak (elevation 9,065 feet).
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Bill and Polly Cunningham
"The Wildrose Trail takes you to a high Panamint saddle, and from there to the summit, from which the highest and lowest land in the lower forty-eight states can be seen. This is a cool alternative to the heat of lower elevations. Highlights include historic charcoal kilns, a rugged canyon, and scenic views of Death Valley. The Wildrose Trail is one of only two constructed trails in the park. It travels through classic pinyon pine–juniper forest to a high saddle, then zigzags to the broad, open summit of this central peak in the Panamint Range. In spite of the impressive elevation gain to the peak, Wildrose Trail begins modestly. From the kilns at the trailhead, the trail charges 50 yards uphill to the northwest, gaining 60 feet, but then follows the contour of the hillside for the next mile. This section is a gentle warm-up for those climbing the peak." Read more
Bill and Polly Cunningham
"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." Read more
Bill & Polly Cunningham
"Wildrose Peak provides panoramic views of Death Valley and the surrounding mountain ranges. This official park trail to Wildrose travels through classic pinyon-juniper forest to a high saddle, then zigzags to the broad, open summit of this central peak in the Panamint Range. The meadowlike mountaintop is nearly always windy; appropriate clothing is a requirement, as are binoculars to enjoy the sweeping 360-degree view. Summer hikers will appreciate bug dope to combat flies and gnats." Read more
Ron Adkison
"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." Read more

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Furnace Creek Visitor Center; (760) 786-3200; www.nps.gov/deva
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NPS Death Valley Visitors Map; Trails Illustrated Death Valley National Park Map; USGS Wildrose Peak-CA and Telescope Peak-CA
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