Charcoal Kilns, Death Valley National Park

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  • A short spur off the Trona-Wildrose Road will take you up to the Charcoal Kilns at a 6500-foot elevation. The road continues to climb to 8200 feet at Mahogany Flat but that section of road is closed....  more »
  • Interesting road to get to the kilns. Quite narrow in places. It's a bit of a long drive for what you see, but getting there is much of the awesome experience.  more »
  • Nice place. Feels like I am at mountains with pine trees in the middle of death valley. Was not able to proceed to Mahagony flats since I had to return. Road is bit tough over there.
  • Enjoyed our visit here. One of the best preserved kilns in the west. It's 28 miles off HWY 190 on the Emigrant Road with the last 2-3 miles being unpaved road. Sometimes, that unpaved road can be treacherous especially after rain, where the road becomes only accessible with a high clearance vehicle. But luckily while on our trip, we were able to go through with the minivan. Our Subaru would have been a better choice. Since it's so far from other points of interests, you'd really want to have to come here. That would probably also explain how well preserved these kilns are, even after over 100 years. Inside the kilns, you can see the black scorch marks of charcoal and yet on some of them you can still faintly smell smoke. This is not nearly as heavily visited as other points of interests, but it's nice to at least visit once. The 10 kilns are easily accessible from the parking lot. A pit toilet is also present. This area is also the starting point for a hike up Wildrose Peak. Drive a little bit further up the road and your hike to Telescope Peak begins.

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