Wildrose Peak

Image of topographic map of Wildrose Peak
Topograhic map of Wildrose Peak

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Length: 8.4 miles (13.5km) out and back, round trip.
Time: 6 hours round trip.
Difficulty: Difficult
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.
  • GPX file: (universal format for use in most mobile applications and GPS units)
  • KML file: (used with some mobile applications and Google Earth & Maps)
Beehive shaped charcoal kilns made of rock line a forested mountain road.
The Wildrose Charcoal Kilns

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Route Description

Wildrose 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.
A sign at a trailhead points the way through the trees to Wildrose Peak located 4.2 miles away.
Wildrose Peak Trailhead

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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
A hand palm side up holds a branch of the needle ridden pinyon pine tree and the juniper branch for comparison.
Pinyon pine vs Juniper

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Left = Pinyon Pine(Pinus monophylla)
Right = Juniper (Juniperus californicus)
A view of a valley with salt flats is slightly obstructed at the forested viewpoint.
Death Valley comes into view at last.

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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.
A trail between pine trees is overshadowed by a broad mountain peak in the distance.
Wildrose Peak comes into view.

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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.

A trail meanders through sparse shrubs and across a rocky ridgeline.
Wildrose Ridge

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The final 0.25 mile stretch (0.4km) to the top yields breathtaking 360 ° views of the Mojave Desert and Basin-Range topography.
The view from Wildrose Peak looking down into a dry desert valley with large snow capped mountains on the far horizon.
Panamint Valley with the Sierra Nevadas on the far horizon.

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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.
A rock pile marks the summit of Wildrose Peak where the view of the Black Mountains in the distance and Death Valley salt flats lay beneath a cloudy sky.
Death Valley from Wildrose Peak.

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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

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