Telescope Peak is a difficult 14-mile hike ascending more than 11,000 feet. Beginning at Mahogany Flat campground, the route passes through pinyon and limber pine forests and overlooks Mt. Whitney, the White Mountains, and the Panamint Valley.

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Parks and Outdoors Review of Telescope Peak

Away Travel Expert: Ann Marie Brown
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  • Telescope Peak, at 11,049 feet in elevation, is the highest summit in Death Valley National Park. The trailhead is at 8,000 feet—high enough so you won't experience the infamous Death Valley heat that stifles the Valley floor. In fact, the trail can be snowed in any time from November to May.
  • The trip is fairly arduous, with a 3,000-foot ascent spread out over seven miles to the top. Trailside foliage is mostly pinion pines and junipers, but once you get above 10,000 feet, you'll also see ancient bristlecone pines.
  • The summit view is a lesson in contrasts. The vista takes in Mount Whitney to the west (the tallest peak in the contiguous U.S. at 14,495 feet in elevation) and Badwater to the east (the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere at 282 feet below sea level).

Death Valley National Park
P.O. Box 579
Death Valley, California 92328

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