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agorokhovRoute Climbed: Mahogany Flat Trail Date Climbed: December, 4 2004  Sucess!
Climbed with M.Forjan.

Summited Bennett Peak (9980') on the way.
Posted Dec 6, 2004 1:20 pm

one6180339Route Climbed: trail from Mahogany Flats Date Climbed: July 20, 02003  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2003

one6180339

Camped at the Flats the night after flying to Vegas. Great early morning jaunt up to the summit.
Posted Aug 21, 2004 2:41 pm

fuglaDate Climbed: April 29, 2004  Sucess!
A relief to get away from the heat of the valley. Nice view of Whitney, although hazy.
Posted Jun 29, 2004 3:58 pm

birdheadRoute Climbed: Standard Route Date Climbed: March 2003  Sucess!

birdhead

It took us two hours to nurse Damon's '86 Forunner up to Mahogany Flats. The hike made for a long day. I forgot my food and then split my knee open when I fell on the descent. Climbed with Damon and Chuck through deep snow most of the way. Headed straight up the ridge to the summit. Great views of the Sierra.
Posted Jun 22, 2004 12:15 pm

cp0915Route Climbed: Mahogany Flat Date Climbed: June 6, 2004  Sucess!

cp0915

Incredible vistas. Great camping at Arcane Meadows. Good trip. Not too many people on the mountain. Clear skies granted fantastic views of Badwater and Mt. Whitney from the summit. Tagged Rogers Peak and Bennett Peak while I was in the area.
Posted Jun 7, 2004 10:10 am

cbuelowRoute Climbed: Mahogany Flat Date Climbed: April 25, 2004  Sucess!

cbuelow

Solo hike to the top. Some snow on the way up, with a few hundred feet of slogging and postholing through the snow to the summit up the northeast ridge. Great views all the way.
Posted Apr 28, 2004 2:02 am

GuiltyRoute Climbed: Mahogany Flat Date Climbed: April 10, 04  Sucess!

Guilty

I brought to much snow gear and didn't need it,(snow-shoes, down vest, parka...) The trail is only snow- covered from BennettsPeak to the summit. The snow was firm, even with the sunshine. R/T 5 hours.
Posted Apr 12, 2004 6:32 pm

Rick KentRoute Climbed: Mahogany Flat / Ridge Date Climbed: March 28, 2004  Sucess!

Rick Kent

Hiked up from Thorndike Campground. Snow/Ice prevented vehicles from driving higher. I avoided the trail on the way up and hiked up and over Rogers and Bennett peaks (used the trail on the way back). As I had hoped the snow had firmed up and snowshoes weren't necessary. Used crampons to go up the Northeast side of Rogers (just for fun) and also on the ridge up to Telescope. Snow on Telescope was real textured, uneven, and crunchy. It was a little icy but not yet a real problem. Only got out the ice axe once on the way down around the NW side of Bennett where snow covered the trail. 75% of the trail was clear of snow but there was still a lot of snow if you wanted it. Weather was excellent. A bit windy and cool at times but surprisingly calm on top.
Posted Mar 29, 2004 1:39 pm

amochkaRoute Climbed: Mahogany Flats Date Climbed: August 31, 2003  Sucess!

amochka

Sarah and I (the 'belles of stovepipe wells') arrived at mahogany flats in the dark (as is typical). Great hike to the summit next day, light clouds, almost no one else on the trail. Nice gradual climb, even the switchbacks near the end weren't thigh busters. Amazing view of the salt pan in Death Valley from the summit. Outran impending thunderstorm on the way back down. Our fourth visit to Death Vally, and we finally climbed Telescope!
Posted Feb 24, 2004 10:40 pm

Day HikerRoute Climbed: Mahogany Flat Date Climbed: 20 July 2002  Sucess!

Day Hiker

It was such a nice day that there was a small snake basking at the summit when I arrived. That's the highest elevation at which I've seen a snake. I would not have guessed that I would find a reptile above 11000 feet.
Posted Dec 28, 2003 12:03 am

bennovakRoute Climbed: Mohagany Flat Date Climbed: August 24 2003  Sucess!

bennovak

Nice walk with consistently nice views pretty much the whole way up. Bring plenty of water as it is a dry route and try it later in the day; Having the sun in the east does not make for the best pictures.
Posted Aug 29, 2003 5:01 pm

Michael TolchardRoute Climbed: Mahogany Flat Date Climbed: 17 May 2003  Sucess!

Michael Tolchard

This was my 2nd ascent of Telescope. Quite A change from my first trip in the fall of 2002. Many parts of the switchbacks on the upper mountain we're buried in large snowdrifts. The weather was pretty dreary, with the wind ranging from gusting to non-existant, making for many layer changes.
Posted Jun 5, 2003 1:11 am

Michael TolchardRoute Climbed: Mahogany Flat Date Climbed: 20 October 2002  Sucess!

Michael Tolchard

1x Telescope Peak. This is what my idea of a mountain should look like. Great views from Mt. Charleston Peak top the east and Whitney to the northwest.
Posted Jun 3, 2003 11:42 pm

sierragatorRoute Climbed: Mahogany flat Date Climbed: May 17, 2003  Sucess!

sierragator

We summited in 2.5 hours, back to car in just under 2 hours. The snow had forced us back a month earlier so it was good to summit this peak. Overcast, hazy day.
Posted May 20, 2003 7:09 pm

43moonRoute Climbed: Mahogany Flats Date Climbed: May 10, 2003  Sucess!

43moon

We could not allow Telescope Peak to defeat us. Assuming that the last of the cool weather in the Death Valley area is coming to an end, we decided to make another push for the summit.



After setting up our camp site, we hit the trail. There were very small flakes of snow coming down. It looked as if we may be in for a repeat of last week. The snow didn't last long and we made the push.



It was a great day, and I summited at about 3:45pm. The view was amazing. I shall post some pictures later in the week.



There were many people navigating the snow without any snow gear. I used my in-step crampons, and was happy that I had them.



Tracy Moon
Posted May 11, 2003 5:56 pm

43moonRoute Climbed: From Mahogany Flats Date Climbed: May 03, 2003

43moon

We started the climb from the Mahogany Flats campground. The sun was shining, and it looked as if we would make it up to the saddle before we would see much significant snow.



At about 9,000 feet, it started snowing. At about 9,300 feet, the wind and snow was very intense. We were still determined to push for the saddle. At about 9,500 feet, Mother Nature spoke with the sound of thunder. Without debate, this ended our summit attempt.



We returned to camp to find our tents under several inches of snow. We decided to ride it out and see what was going to happen.



About an hour later, the sun was shining again, and the exposed snow was melting. We got out of our tents and started brewing some tea. About half of an hour later, it started snowing again. Within about 45 minutes, our tents were burried even deeper than before.



We were not in a four wheel drive, so we decided to abandon the mountain while we still could.



It looks as if we are going to make another attempt in a few days.



Tracy Moon
Posted May 8, 2003 9:04 pm

DigglerRoute Climbed: Trail from Mohagany Camp Date Climbed: 11 April, 2003  Sucess!

Diggler

Hiked with Marianne on 1st day of trip to Death Valley. Started @ noon from Mohagany Camp after hitching ride there w/ 2 guys in a 4WD (didn't get into the Park until 3.30 the night before- ouch!). Weather was great, and summited @ 16.15. Hung out, ate, and chilled until departing @ 17.38. Had great weather throughout day (just a little windy on top), and enjoyed one of the most spectacular sunsets I've ever seen on descent. Got back to Mahogany Camp @ 20.35, and back to Charcoal Kilns and car by 21.13. For some reason, either my feet or my boots had become 'unbroken in' sometime between then & an epic 19-hr excursion to Mt. Dana a 1/2 year ago (where they worked fine!), starting to irritate my feet sometime before 1/2-way up. By the time we'd reached the car, a substantial %age of both my heels had rubbed raw down to the flesh, necessitating my wearing sandals for the next 2 weeks!
Posted May 1, 2003 7:03 pm

cuprinaRoute Climbed: Mahogany Flats Trail Date Climbed: June 16th, 2002  Sucess!
Great escape from the heat in Death Valley.
Posted Mar 13, 2003 3:43 pm

davbytraceRoute Climbed: Mahogany Flats Date Climbed: July 1990  Sucess!
Well, here is my story, as the brother of Mtntrail2, on our fateful climb.



We tarted out that day in Los Angeles where you have to go 60 miles just to get away from the houses. And believe it or not, there were street signs out in the desert, ready for new urban sprawl. On the way through the Panamint Valley, we stopped in Trona, CA for gas. "What do ya'll do here for entertainment?", says I. "Watch the rocks grow", says the lady at the counter.



We went in to Death Valley via the "back way", passed a group of cyclists, and drove around (north) to Stovepipe Wells and walked out on the sand dunes (cue R2D2 and C3P0 from Starwars, here). It is interesting how the good air quality affects depth perception out there and makes long range objects appear closer.



We went to the visitors center on the east side of Telescope, north of Badwater. Interesting thing here was the living area for the indigenous people (rangers), kinda run down. But the visitors centor was nice.



Later inthe day, we went up the drive to the camping area for telescope peak. Quite a rise in elevation without a clue to the affects of altitude sickness. We had brought a substantial supply of scrap wood with us for a campfire, although I suggested to mtntrail2 that he go ask the local tree hugger group camped beside us if they thought it OK to cut down a 5000 year old bristlecone pine for firewood. Hell, I'm from Mississippi. We burn pine trees all the time!



After the Dinty Moore Stew out of a can and a coulpe of rounds of COOM-BAH-YAH from the tree huggers, it rained and snowed and sleeted. By the way, it is not supposed to storm in the middle of the desert.



We got in the front of mtntrail2's Toyota pickup which, believe it or not, IS NOT designed as sleeping quarters for 2 adults. The beforementioned altitude sickness set in for me and, well, what a waste of Dinty Moore stew. I still can see it plain as day - two guys, in the desert, on top of a mountain, in a storm, one holding the other by the hair of his head while the victim hurls into the night.



Do you know what the phrase "ignorance is bliss" means? It means that you walk next to sheer drops without a clue as to the fact that you are doing so. This is what we did going up the mahogany flats route. We had a map, water, snack food, camera, compass, and a lot of wind blown fog. We made it to the top in a sleet storm, took a couple of pictures and came on down. The tree huggers couldn't believe their eys when they saw us coming off the trail. On to better things.......
Posted Jan 17, 2003 10:53 am

Alan EllisRoute Climbed: Mohogany Flats Trail Date Climbed: July 1990  Sucess!

Alan Ellis

My first mountain! Man....did I have a lot to learn about climbing. Here is a pic of me and my brother David on the summit. Here is a trip report.
Posted Dec 31, 2002 7:13 pm

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