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madmallardthird ultra-prominence in three days  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2006


I had telescope to myself this day. this summit made three ultra-prominence peaks in three days, and along with rogers and bennett, six peaks in three days.
does anyone know who jenny harder (death valley) is?
Posted Jun 24, 2006 3:51 pm

sierramtngoatMahogany Flats  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 1999


I did this with Maria as part of a two week trip visting National parks in Cal, Utah, and Wyoming. Easy hike, tought road in a rental. Watch out for the rabits on the drive up!
Posted Jun 16, 2006 11:41 am

tdoughtyall in a day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 14, 2006


with james barnett. woke up in the alabama hills and drove from lone pine to mahogany flats, hiked the peak (snow on final ridge to top) then drove to great basin falls for the night.
Posted May 14, 2006 11:07 pm

TracyMahogany Flats Trail with 4 adults and 12 youth  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2001


This was hike #5 of five, ten-mile hikes we had planned for the boy scouts of Troop 199 to complete towards earning their hiking merit badge. The weather was beautiful. Adults inluded me, Bristol Ellington, Dr. Jeff Stokes, and Michael Cureton. Youth included Michael Cureton, Jared and Stanley Kuntz, DJ Kesterson, Seth Twitchell, Ben Anderson, Skyler Sudweeks, Josh Sillitoe, Austin Steadman, Lance Foutz, and David Mounteer. Craig Gimbel, the oldest youth, hid in the trees below the switchbacks and we didn't discover his abscence until we took a headcount on top of the peak. He did get credit for hiking ten miles (the rest of us hiked 14), but he also gets credit here for being the only one in our group who didn't bag the peak
Posted Apr 20, 2006 5:52 am

QuadaxialGreat glimpse of Whitney and Badwater  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 5, 2005


We camped on the ridge at about 9,500 feet within a little ring of trees. There was a light dusting of snow from about 10,200 on up. The summit was very windy and cold, and we took in great views of Whitney illuminated by the sun. Telescope provides the only opportunity to see the entire elevation cross-section of the contiguous U.S.!
Posted Apr 16, 2006 7:01 pm

EManBevHillsSolo Via Mahogony Flats  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 10, 2001


Driving the car to the TH was the crux! Really pleasant day with quite a crowd atop.
Posted Feb 25, 2006 6:15 pm

mthilgard13Slipped in before the storm  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 17, 2006


Climbed with Korny, check out his description...it was really, really cold!
Posted Feb 21, 2006 7:35 am

CPSLOKornyRoute Climbed: Mahogany Flat Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 17, 2006


Camped at Thorndike Camp, Scott's Honda couldn't make it up the icy road. Patches of snow along the trail, snow quality varied from crunchy patches of snow to ice. Followed kicked steps and snowshoes. No snow or clouds in the morning, cool and with the windchill it was cold enough to make ice form in our exposed nalgenes. Watched the storm move in from the west, and escaped from Telescope Peak just as the snow began to fall.
Posted Feb 20, 2006 9:28 am

hudsonvalleyslimMahogany Flat Trail
Date Climbed: May 24, 1987


(May 23-24, 1987) Mountain fever had me, so I hot-tailed it from the slopes of Mt. Whitney to the Mahogany Flat Campground at the head of Wildrose Canyon. Got some light snow that evening (camping at 8133') but had a fine time drinking hot-toddies with my new neighbors. We hit the trail early, an easy 7-mile trek to Telescope Peak, the highest peak in Death Valley (11049'). Many folks lunching on top.
Posted Feb 19, 2006 3:58 pm

mdostbyRoute Climbed: Mahogany Flat Date Climbed: February 9, 2006  Sucess!


Was able to drive more than a mile past the kilns, but the road was icy in spots. Very cool and crisp morning. A few icy patches on the trail right out of Mahogany Flat. The trial was clear of ice and snow most of the way up to the saddle. The wind was howling thru the saddle and along most of the high traverse. Once I reached the saddle below Telescope Peak the wind had subsided and the temps were very plesant. Mostly hard ice and snow made for nice cramponing up the ridge to the summit. Spectacular views from the top. Could see Charleston Peak to the East, the San Bernardino and San Gabriel Ranges to the South, White Mountains to the Northwest and the Sierras to the West. One of the best summit views I've ever seen from any mountain.
Posted Feb 10, 2006 9:59 am

YuryRoute Climbed: Trail from Mahogany Flats campground Date Climbed: December 25, 2005  Sucess!


I encountered almost the same conditions as reported by "crescentstrife":

"Clear day...very windy and cold at the top. Only minor patches of snow that did not present a significant problem."

On the way up I used the route along the North ridge of the Telescope Peak. It was windy and chilly.

On the way back I used switchbacks on the East slope of the Telescope Peak. This route was significantly warmer because of the lack of wind. I could recommend these switchbacks for a cold windy day.

At the same time it makes sense to use a more direct North ridge route on a warmer day.
Posted Jan 16, 2006 5:51 pm

Steve LarsonRoute Climbed: Mahogany Flat trail Date Climbed: January 15, 2006  Sucess!

Steve Larson

Temps in the teens and wind 20-30 mph most of the day. Incredible views all around from the top.
Posted Jan 15, 2006 10:32 pm

jefflachRoute Climbed: Trail from Mahogany Flat Date Climbed: December 4th, 2005  Sucess!


Beautiful hike. I reached the summit just as the sun was setting.
Posted Dec 6, 2005 6:07 pm

blmcclainRoute Climbed: Trail from Mahogany Flat Date Climbed: November 23rd, 2005  Sucess!


YES! Finally took this bad boy down. Had the mountain all to myself this day. Attempted Telescope last Thanksgiving but was turned back 1/4 mi. below the summit because of high snow conditions. This time there was absolutely no snow. Made the summit in 2h45m with a RT time of 5h30m for the 12 mi. trail. As usual, views were stunning and the wind at the top was strong and cold.
Posted Nov 25, 2005 11:22 pm

grahamRoute Climbed: Normal trail Date Climbed: Oct-23-2005  Sucess!


Hiked up the normal trail after abandoning an attempt to do the hike from Badwater due to rain and the closure of the Westside road.

Also, dayhiked up from Shorty's Well with Tony and ET (Oct-07). We exited via Mahogany Flats and we're lucky to get a ride back to Badwater with some tourists.
Posted Nov 25, 2005 5:40 pm

asmrzRoute Climbed: Trail from Mahogany Flat Date Climbed: November 13th, 2005  Sucess!


Penelope May and I hiked the Mahogany trail to the Telescope Peak summit on November 13th, 2005. This was the second summit trip for Ms. May and the first tiime for me. The views from the summit are really special. I don't remember when I ever saw better view in all directions. Penelope thought she even recognised Mt. Baldy and San Jacinto way down on Southern California skyline. The view of High Sierra, Langley, Whitney, Russell, El Segundo Buttress of Whitney Portal and Charleston Peak to the East, were splendid.
Posted Nov 15, 2005 9:41 pm

HeyItsBenRoute Climbed: Main trail Date Climbed: October 13 2005  Sucess!


Perfect time of year, amazing views!
Posted Oct 25, 2005 10:01 pm

Bob SihlerRoute Climbed: standard Date Climbed: March 24, 1997  Sucess!

Bob Sihler

reached summit with brothers Chris and Mike; Matthew didn't make it. Great hike with spectacular views, cool to find snow in Death Valley N.P., best view from saddle about 2 miles into hike-- covers breadth of Death Valley to the east and gives first glimpse of the snow-capped High Sierra to the west-- incredible to behold for first time.

Posted Sep 27, 2005 8:21 pm

Dennis PoulinRoute Climbed: Mahogany Campground Trail Date Climbed: 19 August 2005  Sucess!

Dennis Poulin

Beautiful day for a great hike. Not too hot if you start early.
Posted Aug 25, 2005 6:41 pm

easleygoneRoute Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: July 1996  Sucess!
Pretty much a long walk, and much cooler than the

Death Valley scene below you. Lots of interesting

sites including some ancient kilns from long ago.
Posted Jul 31, 2005 10:40 am

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