Wildrose Peak

overlooking a valley with white salt and mountains beyond
Views in all direction make this hike worth the effort!

NPS / J. Jurado

Quick Facts
Death Valley National Park
Hiking Trail

Parking - Auto, Scenic View/Photo Spot, Toilet - Vault/Composting, Trailhead, Trash/Litter Receptacles

Piñon pines, peaks, and panoramas in the Panamints!


Many hikers choose Wildrose Peak over Telescope Peak, daunted by Telescope’s additional elevation gain and mileage. However, if you are looking for an easier hike, don’t be fooled; Wildrose is quite the challenge! This strenuous trail lulls hikers into a sense of ease and confidence with an initial gradual climb following the contours of the mountain. After a little over a mile (1.6 km), this mellow stroll through a picturesque piñon pine and juniper forest turns into a steep climb, sure to increase the heartrate of even the most fit hiker.

Hikers can enjoy a breather at the saddle, with views to the east of the swirling white sands of the floor of Death Valley, before continuing the ascent. After passing through more forest, the trees thin, and those who reach the summit are rewarded with a stunning 360 degree view of Death Valley and the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.

Round Trip Length: 8.4 miles (13.5 km) 
Round Trip Time: 6 hours 
Difficulty: Difficult 
Elevation Gain: 2,200 ft (671 m)
Trail Type: Official trail, out and back
Location: Wildrose Charcoal Kilns. The final 2 miles (3.2 km) of the road are gravel and are usually accessible to sedans. May be impassable in winter due to snow.  
Parking: Open gravel parking area
Closest Restroom: Vault toilet in parking area. Do not leave toilet paper in the backcountry.
Route: Strenuous hike through a pinon pine and juniper forest, with sweeping views from the summit.

Detailed Trip Report/Route Description

Note: pets are not allowed on any trail in Death Valley National Park, even if carried. Do not leave your animal in your vehicle. Speak with a ranger about one of the incredible dirt roads where you may walk your pet.

Death Valley National Park

Last updated: June 4, 2023