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Rick KentRoute Climbed: Shortys Well to the summit and back Date Climbed: May 29, 2005  Sucess!

Rick Kent

I think this qualifies as an "epic" day. 31 miles round trip. 11500+ ft gain. Starting point below sea level. Quite a bit of cross country. Some sections with a lot of loose scree. Starting temperature 92 degrees at 4:00am. Definitely would have been easier to take the trail down to Mahagony Flat. But as usual I opted for the hard way (all the way back down to the bottom). Snow still on top slowed me down a bit but once I got to that point absolutely nothing was going to turn me back. As I expected, this was an agonizingly long hike: the most distance, most gain, and longest time for any dayhike I have done.
Posted May 31, 2005 8:58 pm

Rick KentRoute Climbed: Started from the Kilns Date Climbed: Jan 30, 2005  Sucess!

Rick Kent

Had to start at the Charcoal Kilns due to snow. My friend Brian brought skiis. Due to the snow we didn't stick to the regular trail route but attacked Rogers Peak more directly and then followed the ridge. It was a tough day. Lots of snow, extreme wind, etc. But it was rewarding.
Posted May 31, 2005 8:52 pm

FelsbergRoute Climbed: Mahogany Flat Trail Date Climbed: March 24, 2005


Long hike, hard hike, all snow, all clouds, steep ridge, no views. A good time! PICS
Posted Mar 26, 2005 10:42 pm

ExploreABitMoreRoute Climbed: Mahogany Flats Trailhead Date Climbed: 04/25/04  Sucess!


Beautiful day .. met some nice ppl on top. Also did Rodgers and Bennet on the return. Views were great for the whole hike.
Posted Mar 4, 2005 10:26 pm

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


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!


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!


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!


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!


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!


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!


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!


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!


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


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

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