In the book The 1000 Mile Summer, Colin Fletcher described Death Valley and Telescope Peak in such a way that really grabbed my attention. This past summer a group of 5 of us (dubbed The Boddingtons Adventure League because we will always drink a Boddingtons on top of a peak) drove out to Death Valley and enjoyed this amazing hike.

DO: Definitely dive out the day before and camp near the trailhead of Telescope Peak. Its a great way to acclimate and enjoy the region before hiking up the next day.

GAS: Remember to fill up your tank at Kramer Junction or Ridgecrest. We forgot to and almost got stuck out there. There is a gas station at Trona, but it is very unreliable and is often shut-down.