OverviewTelescope Peak and the Panamint Range. Zinc has 3 summits. The middle one is the highest.
This is a moderate day hike accessed via the road to Darwin Falls. There are sweeping views of the northern part of Panamint Valley, the Panamint Range to the east, the Nelson Range and Hunter Mountain to the north. The High Sierra rises to the west as well as the southern part of the Inyo Mountains to the northwest and the Coso Range to the southwest.
Getting ThereDarwin Falls. Follow the Darwin Canyon Road past Darwin Falls trailhead (at 2.4 miles), Continue about 2 more miles to the base of the northeast slope of Zinc Hill at about 3,600'. 2WD high clearance is recommended. Hike up the wash about half a mile then left on an old mining road to a big cairn on the right. From there take a mining trail to the saddle west of the summit. This is approximately 5 miles round trip with 2,000' gain. Or you can just scramble up the more interesting and more challenging northwest ridge over the north summit to the main summit from about a mile past Darwin Falls at 3000'. This is about 7 miles round trip with approximately 3,000' gain.
This is an old mining area so it is good to be on the lookout for any old mining hazards.