We decided to check out a different terrain…and took a drive to hike up Wildrose.
I wanted to hike Telescope Peak but it was not suggested this time of year due to ice and snow.
Moderately strenuous with an elevation gain of 2,000 feet
Begin hike on trail at north end of Charcoal Kilns parking area. Mileage from the kilns to the top of Wildrose Peak is 4.2 miles. Good alternative when Telescope Peak trail is snow covered. Spectacular views.
We travel over an hour to get to the trailhead..
The road looking west…..see the snow capped mountains in the distance…
“In 1877 George Hearst’s Modock Consolidated Mining Company completed construction of the charcoal kilns in Wildrose Canyon. The charcoal produced by the kilns was to be used as fuel for two silver-lead smelters that Hearst had built in the Argus Range 25 miles to the west. The kilns operated until the summer of 1878 when the Argus mines, due to deteriorating ore quality, closed and the furnaces shut down.
The Wildrose kilns employed about 40 woodcutters and associated workmen, and the town of Wildrose, a temporary camp located somewhere nearby, was home to about 100 people. Remi Nadeau’s Cerro Gordo Freighting Company hauled the charcoal to the smelters by pack train and wagon.
Each of the 10 kilns stands about 25 feet tall and has a circumference of approximately 30 feet. Each kiln held 42 cords of pinyon pine logs and would, after burning for a week, produce 2,000 bushels of charcoal.
Considered to be the best surviving examples of such kilns to be found in the western states, the kilns owe their longevity to fine workmanship and to the fact that they were in use for such a short time. “
A different terrain then what we had been experiencing in Death Valley…
This is Telescope Peak…covered with snow…we were told not to hike it this time of year…
Another view of the Valley…salty white..
Getting closer to the summit…more open views of the valley and distant mountains in Nevada.
Yippeee…I made it..
Guess I am a bit slow…
We are now in Arizona…working our way to Tucson..
A few more posts of this trip to come…