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RaymondShevskyFrom charcoal kilns  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 10, 2012


17-mile round trip; it was a struggle getting my low-slung passenger car as far as the charcoal kilns! Well worth it for the scenery and solitude. A light dusting of fall snow on the peak itself.
Posted Dec 19, 2013 5:52 pm

dakineMahogany camp  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2010
Drove the 91 civic to mahogany camp, barely made it. Spent the night in dead calm, dead silence. Hiked up in the morning with backpacks, dropped them in the trees after the saddle. Amazing views to the summit, slowed down going up the final switchbacks, very happy to reach the summit. Views!!! Camped in the trees before the saddle. Hiked to car next morning, then down to Panamint resort.
Posted Sep 23, 2013 12:56 am

colleenzatoTelescope Peak  Sucess!


Went to Death Valley over Thanksgiving and hiked Telescope Peak. Beautiful views on the summit and along the ridge line. It is a mostly trail hike. Some of the switchbacks leading to the top were icy, so we had to be careful. I enjoyed the high altitude compared to Death Valley.
Posted Aug 16, 2013 11:33 am

RedwicFrom Above Thorndike CG  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2013


Some people have suggested that regular passenger vehicles can make it to the Mahogany Flats CG and Telescope Peak TH, but don't trust those notion. I was only able to get my high-clearance rental SUV (2WD, not 4WD) up the road to 7800' elevation (halfway between the Thorndike & Mahogany Flats CGs), when I suddenly hit a steep rocky spot that felt as soft as sand to drive onto. There was slightly enough room on my driver's side (an apparent pullout spot for 4WD vehicles) to do a multi-point turnaround... which almost got my SUV stuck. I drove down 50' to a more-defined car-camp type of pullout. Although that pullout location was excellent to leave the vehicle parked, don't get too confident about even reaching that location with a 2WD high-clearance vehicle, as much of the road beyond Charcoal Kilns is in poor shape.

As for the peak, I did a morning hike. Some people had spent the night at the Mahogany Flats CG but I never encountered them (or anyone else) on the trail. The trail is in excellent shape. Clear-blue skies changed to hazy skies as I reached the summit. Awesome views from the top! Highly recommended summit hike.
Posted Jun 6, 2013 10:00 am

DougHemkenSpring climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 23, 2013


Did Bennett, Telescope, and Rogers from Mahogany Flat CG. Folks had been getting to the top for at least 10 days prior: low snow year, and a warm spring! Still a little snow in spots on the final switchbacks, but boot-packed.

And the road up to Mahogany Flat is in great shape. It was regraded last Fall, so currently an ordinary car can make the climb up the hill. This won't last long!
Posted Apr 2, 2013 11:45 am

ManyGlacierMountaineerTelescope  Sucess!


April 19, 2010 - solo, started from Charcoal Kilns as road had high snow patches past this point and I drove a Hyundai Accent. Had to post-hole nearly chest high snow for the last 1,000 feet. Thank goodness I had lived at 8,000 feet in Montana all winter long.
Posted Feb 24, 2013 10:07 pm

jdmorehouseNice trail hike  Sucess!


I met a friend from Colorado out at some camp ground below Mahogany Flats. We drove up there the next day and walked the trail to the summit. Nice, well maintained trail in good weather. The following day we followed it up with a trail hike up Wildrose. It was a break from all the off trail climbing I'd been doing up until then. And I've wanted to climb Telescope for years, especially since I could see it from nearly anywhere I was climbing in the greater Las Vegas area.
Posted Feb 19, 2013 8:57 pm

GuiltyMaghogany Flat  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 9, 2013


Car camped at Maghogany in 4 to 5" of fresh powder. Left with girlfriend for her first winter ascent. Very cold, experiencing the tail-end of a storm. Got -19 F. that night with the wind. The wind and snow drift was slow ascending. Made it summit and the wind died down. Weird! Head down and the wind picked up all the way down. Best part was not hearing a my girlfriend complaining.
Posted Feb 17, 2013 4:16 am

jdmorehouseTrail Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2012


Met a friend from Colorado and up we went.
Posted Jan 24, 2013 3:00 pm

WOLFrisingInto the Valley of death  Sucess!


Fall 2012

My first climbed in DVNP, reached the summit with Caz and Ang. It's a nice introduction to the park to see the great vertical relief between the summit and Badwater firsthand, not to mention the view to Mt. Whitney...
Posted Jan 5, 2013 9:53 pm

FletchEff me.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 10, 2010


All time great epics. Snow, sand, wind, cold, hot, pissed, bitter, happy, emotional, fucked up, neurotic and insecure. All in all a good day.
Posted Dec 28, 2012 12:35 pm

cabMahogany Flat  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 29, 2012


Hiked with a couple of friends from Washington. Nice trail with tremendous views in all directions. We tagged Bennett and Rogers on the way back.
Posted Oct 30, 2012 1:57 pm

burtch07Telescope Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 24, 2012


Loved it, difficult but very.rewarding. Left memorial on summit for some fallen comrades
Posted Oct 10, 2012 5:12 am

Bob SihlerNice return trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2012

Bob Sihler

First hiked it in March 1997. Tried again in April 2003, but there was too much snow. This time, I started about half an hour before dawn. July temps were cool enough that I kept long sleeves on for about half of the hike up. It was warm and pleasant on the way down.
Posted Jul 22, 2012 11:17 pm

K9H2OBearerFrom Mahogany Flat spring 2012  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 22, 2012


With Greg. Had been a light snow year, so less snow than probably usual. But above 10,000 the snow increased (a storm a few days prior no doubt contributed)and the final summit bit was covered. Could not find the switchbacks reported for the last leg, so essentially went straight up, postholing 1-2 ft all the way. Quite a mountain. It was great to stand there and contemplate Mt. Charleston to the east, and now I can remember standing on Telescope as I see it often from the high Spring Mountains.
Posted Jul 5, 2012 11:44 am

laswansoTelescope, Bennet, and Rogers  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 23, 2012


Bennet and rogers on the way down
Posted Jun 4, 2012 8:51 pm

tllwebb4this goat is back  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 7, 2012


Wow, this was a long hike, especially since I started from Thorndike campground. Really cold wind once you get on the ridge. It was amazing to see Badwater Basin from there, over 2 vertical miles lower.
Posted May 20, 2012 6:17 pm

SurfinPeakScienceBeauty!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 12, 2012


Well maintained trail all the way to the top! Great dayhike!
Posted May 2, 2012 4:46 pm

orbitorFrom Mahogany Flat  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 24, 2009


Incredible views from the top in all directions. A little chilly and windy at the end of fall.
Posted Apr 6, 2012 4:58 pm

SeanReedyFrom Mahogony Flat TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 24, 2012


A nice, clear day with outstanding views and calm winds. Taking the hiking trail, rather than the snow covered road up Rogers, there were some ice patches to step over and/or be cautious with on the stretch near the trailhead. Snow began in earnest from Arcane Meadow onward, but was not deep enough to slow my pace. I sometimes avoided snow by sticking to the ridgeline. Upon reaching the final, steep climb up Telescope, I bypassed the potentially icy switchbacks by heading straight up the north/northeast ridge in soft ankle to shin deep snow. I was fine in my waterproof hiking boots with trekking poles. I summited Bennett on the way back from Telescope, but didn't want to deal with Rogers (got a late midday start/finished in the dark as it was), nor the deeper snow of the north facing slopes of the road down from it...maybe a quick summit of Rogers next time I go to DVNP.
Posted Feb 28, 2012 3:41 am

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