Length: 8.4 miles (13.5km) out and back, round trip.
Time: 6 hours round trip.
Elevation Gain: 2,200 ft (671m)
Location: From CA-190 follow Emigrant Canyon Road past the Wildrose Campground to the parking area at the Charcoal Kilns. The final 2 miles is a maintained gravel surface typically passable in a sedan. 25 ft vehicle limit.
Parking: 25 ft vehicle limit. Open gravel area.
Closest Restroom: Vault toilet in parking area. No restroom along the trail, follow principle 3 of Leave No Trace (LNT).
GPS Data: GPS data for the marked route is for supplemental purposes only. Take a map and compass when exploring the trail-less wilderness.
Route DescriptionWildrose Peak Trailhead is located at the historic Wildrose Charcoal Kilns. These ten beehive shaped structures were completed in 1877 by the Modock Consolidated Mining Company to provide a source of fuel suitable for use in two smelters adjacent to their group of lead-silver mines in the Argus Range west of Panamint Valley, about 25 miles distant from the kilns. Find the trailhead just north (left) of the kilns.
The signed trailhead is located just to the north (left) of the kilns where the well-defined path leads you deeper into the pinyon pine (Pinus monophylla) and juniper (Juniperus californicus) woodlands of the Panamint Mountains
Left = Pinyon Pine(Pinus monophylla)
Right = Juniper (Juniperus californicus)
After 1.7 miles (2.7km), you reach the divide at a saddle where you’re greeted by the first of several well deserved views into Death Valley.
The following 2.5 miles (4 km) roll up and down the saddle before switchbacking steeply up the spine to above tree line where the peak finally comes into view.
The final 0.25 mile stretch (0.4km) to the top yields breathtaking 360 ° views of the Mojave Desert and Basin-Range topography.
To the west is Panamint Valley where on a clear day, look to the horizon for the Sierra Nevada Mountains, home to the highest point in the lower 48 states, 14,505 ft (4421m) Mount Whitney.
To the east is Death Valley siting over 9,000 feet (2,743m) below and home to the lowest point in North America, Badwater Basin -282 ft (-86m).
Last updated: February 6, 2020