The vibe at Mahogany Flat Campground
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One of my favorite DV campsites situated on a ridge line with a view of Badwater Basin and Telescope Peak. One of the most intense elevation increases in the lower 48. Situated at 8200ft it can get a bit chilly at night even for DV. After the Charcoal Kilns the road does get a bit more rough and 4x4 IS RECOMMENDED. However, I have drove a Kia, Nissan Maxima, and Chevy Impala to the top with no problem provided the weather was good. This is where the Telescope Peak trail head is which I highly recommend. Even if you just make it to the saddle at the halfway point there are amazing views of the Death Valley Basin and Panamint Valley Basin. Bring lots of water, food, and proper clothing if you choose to hike.
Went in September 2016. Made it up there in a 2WD Honda Element, but my poor car was feeling it after. I would go in a 4WD, if at all possible next time. Camping was simple, metal picnic tables and a little camping spot. Keep in mind, it gets extremely cold at nights since the higher elevation. Nobody was staying there but us on this visit. Woke up early and did Telescope peak as the sun rose. Quite the hike and I recommend it to anyone, as it was the highlight of my trip to DVNP.