Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
11,923.00 ft (3,634.13 m)
Trail type
30.00 mi (48.28 km)
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The route described here is a 30 mile point-to-point within Death Valley National Park that summits Telescope Peak via Hanaupah Canyon and ends at the Wildrose Campground. This adventurous route is a combination of dirt roads, single track trail, and an unmaintained boot path up a steep ridge. The route is rated as very difficult due to the length, elevation gain and portions of route finding. In addition, the lack of shade and water that is to be expected with most desert hikes adds an additional challenge. Those who are up for the challenge will not be without reward. Telescope Peak is the tallest point in Death Valley and offers 360 degree panoramic views from the top!

Your adventure will begin on Hanaupah Canyon Road (a dirt road). You will reach the start by driving along West Side Road, a dirt road that can be accessed by most vehicles. No matter what kind of car you have, it is always a good idea to call the national park ranger station in advance to find out about road conditions. 

Continue into the canyon by hiking through a wash and following cairns along the way. About 10 miles into Hanaupah Canyon you will find Hanaupah spring. Water in this spring flows year round, however, be sure to check with the National Park Service for water conditions before drinking. This is also the only water available along the route so if you choose to not filter you must make sure to carry plenty of water with you! There are nice backcountry camp spots here for those who would like to break up the miles and save the major climb for the next day.

From the spring you will proceed cross country, following faint boot paths, up to Telescope Peak ridge. Prepare yourself for this short but steep section here you will gain about 4,000+ feet of elevation in just four miles!

When you reach the ridge, you will be rewarded with a well maintained single track trail. Turn left to summit Telescope Peak and then retrace your steps back to the ridge and continue along the Telescope Peak trail until you reach a parking area and trail register at Mahogany Flat Campground.

Sign the register and then continue to descend along Mahogany Flat Road, a wide dirt road, until you reach your final destination at Wildrose Campground. The campground operates on a first come first serve basis and is free of charge. Water spigots are available year round but they are weather permitting. Always check with the ranger station for updated information before heading out on your journey.


Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

National Park Pass

Open Year-round





Expansive Views. Solitude. Desert Scenery.


Lack of Water. Lack of shade. Route finding.

Trailhead Elevation

-230.00 ft (-70.10 m)

Highest point

10,956.00 ft (3,339.39 m)


Bird watching
Big vistas
Backcountry camping

Typically multi-day


Permit required



Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping


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