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BonesawDayhike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 15, 2003


Fun hike... a nice way to escape the valley heat in May. Was interesting to be melting in 115 deg F temperature at Badwater one day and hiking through snow the next day.
Posted Jan 11, 2008 9:34 am

kovarpaOur last 2007 climb/hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 29, 2007


Hike from TH. Windy once on the crest, not a lot of snow. Only the two of us that day.
Posted Jan 5, 2008 5:39 pm

RyanMountain2nd try a success  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2006


The first attempt I made on this mountain ended before it even began when I rolled my car on Wildrose Rd. in Death Valley. I wasn't discouraged however, and I returned in June to claim the summit. Easy hike with great desert and mountain views. The bristlecones are a beautiful part of the trip as well!

Did this in a three day marathon of mountains, rocks, and driving. Day 1: Mt. Dana in Yosemite, 2: Telescope, 3: Back in YOSE for Half Dome.
Posted Dec 3, 2007 3:42 pm

redsplashman23Windy day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 23, 2007


Very Windy and cold day. Great views of the Sierras, Death Valley, the Spring Mountains, and much more. Bagged Bennett and Rogers on the way back and saw an almost Full Moon on the way down from Rogers.
Posted Nov 25, 2007 2:01 am

ryanclearfairly easy hike
Date Climbed: Nov 10, 2007


we hiked from mahogany flats which is about 14 miles round trip. the beginning is a constant grade that brings you around different traverses and ridges. the wind really started to pick up as the temperature read 40 degrees. you can see the peak from where the rangers station is when you ascend your first 1000 feet. it is very deceptive being that I thought we where going to hike up the backbone of the mountain. Wrong, we went around traverse and ended up hiking up a series of switchbacks. The hike was great though, i started feeling the altitude around 1050 feet. Stopped and rested for a few minutes and then hit the summit.

The summit is one of the more beautiful views I have seen.
Posted Nov 11, 2007 8:20 pm

MoapaPkRe: Telescope Peak


My tolerance for mule poop/pee is really low!!
Posted Nov 7, 2007 12:04 am

MoapaPkshorty's->Telescope  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 3, 2007


First, hats off to those who do the full hike, returning down that miserable talus back to Shorty's. We had a ride waiting at Mahogany; 22 miles and 11500' accumulated was enough.

Second, do the road in the dark so you will pass this tedious part without massive boredom.

Started at the well at ~3:30AM; picked the timing so there was a crescent (almost quarter) moon that rose at 1:30 AM. Got to top ~1:25, back to Mahogany ~3:30PM.

I'll post the map for our route on the ridge-- seemed better than guidebook suggestions, as it was a stable ridge with cairns and a switchbacked pack trail much of the way. I think this is the route suggested by Dave Daly, but I didn't see cairns at the very bottom of the route -- maybe they were washed away -- and we certainly never had the loose crap one sees in the picture of Deb.

For a 1-day "how much gain can I do?" test, I would greatly prefer this to GC rim2rim2rim -- there isn't the beauty, but there also isn't the mule pee/poop, and there aren't hordes of people and digusting outhouses.

Did the trail years ago, after a snowy year. This time (2007) was the first time I'd seen the peak without snow :^(
Posted Nov 4, 2007 3:40 pm

panweilinShorty's Well -> Telescope Peak -> Mahogany Flat  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 29, 2006


Started 4am from Shorty's Well (-252 ft), bagged Telescope Peak (11,049 ft) 7pm, descended to Mahogany Flat 11pm.
Posted Oct 25, 2007 3:16 pm

grahamFrom Shorty's Well  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 13, 2007


Hiked up from Shorty's Well (Badwater) with TonyC and ET. Exited via Mahogany Flats. Luckily, we got a ride back to Furnace Creek by some nice tourists
Posted Oct 18, 2007 8:28 pm

midwest hikerdayhike from mahogany  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 7, 2007

midwest hiker

made it all the way up to Mahogany Flat in my Honda Accord (which I was immensely grateful for at the end of the day). Perfect weather--sunny and very little wind. Didn't see anyone all day til I was almost back to the trail head on the way down. Brutal switchbacks toward the end; thought they'd never end! :) But overall, great hike and phenomenal views.
Posted Oct 8, 2007 2:41 pm

lasvegaswraithfrom Mahogany  Sucess!


Climbed from Mahogany flats. Gotta try it from Badwater next time.
Posted Aug 25, 2007 1:32 am

derbillyTrail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2007


Decided to take a break from the rigorous schedule of the challenge and change up the scenery.
Posted Aug 21, 2007 9:09 pm

mlarkin2002Dayhike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2007
Dayhike from mahogany cg, picked up bennett and rogers as well.
Posted Aug 13, 2007 11:20 pm

alpspitzeMahogany Flats Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 14, 2007


Great weather, almost 100 in the valley but only 35 and windy on top. Good view of the Sierra's.
Posted Jun 16, 2007 6:45 pm

MoabPeakBaggerwinter ascent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 7, 2006


up from Charcoal Kiln. Cramponing the last few miles-- intense, beautiful.
Posted Jun 9, 2007 8:24 pm

johnm From mahogany Flats  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 11, 2007


Great day for a climb. Weather was great views were a bit hazy. Got to watch the Naval Pilots from China Lake maneuvering high up above.
Posted May 11, 2007 11:55 pm

GuiltyMahogany Flats  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 9, 2006


Drove up from a field trip and started late for hiking/running in the winter. Very windy and cold on top. To cold to video but I did! Roundtrip 3 1/2 hours.
Posted Apr 24, 2007 10:15 pm

Dave DalyFrom Shorty's Well  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 31, 2006

Dave Daly

What a slog!! The first 5 miles from Shorty's Well simply blows! Funny how a few people that were camped out along the road asked us where Deb and I were coming from. Where else?!? The only other possibility....transported by a UFO? :P ANYWAY....got a chance to visit the Primrose Mine directly across from the South Fork ridgeline....spooky! Couldn't have made the summit without my partner and wife Deb! :)
Posted Jan 2, 2007 7:13 pm

tpdwrFrom mahogany Flats  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 1972


Got very sunburned on this day!
Posted Dec 19, 2006 12:06 am

forjanShorty's Well to Telescope Peak's summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 15, 2006


I finally did the infamous Shorty's Well (Badwater) to Telescope Peak's summit hike. Thanks to awagher for playing chauffer. We were a group of 7 people, divided into two smaller groups. One group started half an hour earlier: Ron Hudson, Kathy, Wendy and Paul. The other group was pmorash, RSN473 and myself (we started at 3:00AM from Shorty's Well at an elevation of -253'). I reached Telescope's summit at 1:10PM. Stayed there over an hour while the others arrived. Bagged Bennett Peak on the way out. Got to Mahogany Flats just before 4:30PM.

Route Climbed: Mahogany Flat Trail
Date Climbed: December 4, 2004

I hiked with agorokhov. I was only able to drive my car to the Charcoal Kilns parking lot (elev ~ 6900'), which was icy by the way. We started this snow hike of Telescope Peak at the late hour of 8:40AM from the Charcoal Kilns. Took a lunch break at Arcane Meadows (9,630') just before noon. Then, we bagged Bennett Peak (9,980') and continued onto Telescope. We put crampons and pull out the ice axe at about 10,400'. I reached the summit at 2:42PM. Waited for Alex who arrived at the summit at 3:21PM. An absolutely clear winter day. Excellent views to the east: could see all the way to Charleston Peak in Nevada. Snapped some pictures and headed down at 3:31pm. I told Alex I was going to move ahead as I wanted to bag Rogers Peak (9,994') before it was too dark. I reached the summit of Rogers Peak at 5:18PM. Made it down to my car at 6:41PM (10 hrs car-to-car). Alex got to the car an hour later at 7:40PM. It was cold at the Charcoal Kilns icy parking lot. The temperature was around 18 F.

Route Climbed: Mahogany Flat trail (normal route)
Date Climbed: April 29, 2000

Trail on 4/29/00 was mostly snow free except the last few hundred feet from the summit. Ancient bristlecone pines appear just above the 10,000 ft level. Great views of Death Valley to the east and the High Sierra to the west.
Posted Oct 16, 2006 7:28 pm

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