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Wildrose Peak - Return to the Trailhead
Hiking Around Las Vegas, Death Valley National Park
Wildrose Peak Trail
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Hikers on the summit of Wildrose Peak (view SE)

Overview

This very strenuous, 4.2-mile hike lulls hikers into a false sense of tranquility as it wanders into the Death Valley Wilderness Area at nearly-level grade for the first mile or so, then it surprises when it turns and runs straight up the hillside to a saddle, lulls hikers back into a false sense of tranquility as it wanders along another nearly-level section, tires you out on another steep section, and then kicks your rear on the final steep climb to the summit (9,064 ft). There are some switchbacks near the summit, but they seem more like a rude joke after the long steep trail. The views from many points along the trail and the summit are worth the effort, and the overview of Death Valley is better than most.

For details of the hike, see the Wildrose Peak Trail webpage.

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Hikers departing the summit (view SE)
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Found another bench mark off the summit
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Descending the summit plateau (view SE(
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Hiker on switchback with a view (view NE)
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Hiker descending past patches of snow along the trail (view SE)
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Traversing gentle terrain beyond the upper saddle (view SE)
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Last view of Death Valley (view E)
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Returning to the first saddle (view S)
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Hikers resting on the crest (view SW)
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Hiker descending off the crest (view SW)
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Hikers on steep slopes (view W)
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Hikers on steep slopes (view W)
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Hiker in the wash (view W)
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Hiker in the wash (view W)
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Old road (trail) departs the wash (view SW)
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Hikers on old road (trail) (view SW)
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Hiker passing the first turn overlook (view W)
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Hikers on gentle terrain beyond the corner (view SW)
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Hikers descending towards the trailhead (view SW)
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Trailhead (view SW; zoom for high on the trail)
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Hikers crossing built-up roadway
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Details of roadway construction
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Hikers arriving at the charcoal kilns (view SW)
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Hikers arriving at the trailhead (view SW)

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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