Would absolutely recommend this route. And would absolutely never do it again.
Hike with a team of three. Gorgeous flowers. Some chin-stroking, map turning, and pointing trying to pick a route. Make sure to check out Shorty's Mine!
I did this trip solo in the winter 12 years ago, in 2001 preparing for a big trip to So. America. I walked out to where I thought would be the lowest point in the U.S.Bad water -282'. Then I started my long trek up to summit and back to BADWATER.
I followed Hanaupah road until it ends, then cross-country up a few ridges to the base of Bennett Peak. Here, I picked up the regular trail to the summit.
I met some mid-west hikers camping by the summit where they gave me some water for the descent. Hiked down the same way i came up the ridges.
This is an all day and night roundtrip, about 15-16 hours. Be prepared with lots of water.
Parked vehicle on end of road in Hanapah Canyon, walked back down and out on the salt flats to the lowest place (-282') and then back up to the car where I picked up an ice axe and crampons for doing the summit. Definitely not the most enjoyable way to climb Telescope Peak. Was one of those 'can I do it' things when I was younger. Really didn't enjoy walking back up the road from Shorty's Well. Climbed directly up the 'east face' spir to the summit using crampons and ice axe.
Used Mt. Bike from Shorty's Well to the narrows of Hanaupah Canyon, then hiked. Started at 4 am, reached Telescope peak at 1 pm, had lunch, and returned to Shorty's at 6:30 pm. Beautiful day, a little wind on the summit ridge, minor easily-avoidable ice on the final switchbacks. Full trip report at http://cedarandsand.blogspot.com/2012/02/shortys-to-telescope-peak-death-valley.html
A phenomenal day hike and completely unique. For weather purposes, the early Fall is the best time to go and even though there's a spring along the way, you can easily carry all the water you need. Leave Shorty's early and get a Lobotomy bock at Furnace Creek by sunset.
I might do a two day trip to the top next time, just because I found some amazing campgrounds along the way.
3 of us started Shorty's Well on 2AM and made it to the Peak by 1:40PM.(took 11hours 40minutes). Actually, it was a slow pace.
Since we started early, temperature was cool enough and didn't drink much water. I drunk only 2.5 litter and didn't refill the water at spring. (I brought filter)
After half hour break at the peak, we descend to Mahogany Flat in 2hour 20 minutes.
Total 14.5 hour trip was successfull.
My Trip Photo Album
Will Do it again next year.
From Shorty's Well to summit and down to Mahogany Flat..Windy and cold at the top...with some hail on the way down to Mahogany flat.
Nice trip. I used Iodine tabs rather than a filter (ascorbic acid 45 min later to clear up taste); the water is milky but OK to drink. It's good to take headlamps, NSAIDS, and radios if you are meeting a party on the ridge.
"If trekking in the summer," -- what sort of insane person does this trip in the summer?
Group of 15. The real fun started after we refilled water bottles and started climbing up the ridge. We were welcomed to the summit by a freak snow/hail storm and sub-freezing temperatures. From there, it was few more hours to Mahogany Flats.
Part of a group of 8 that day. I carried way too much water, we all did. The spring runs at least a half mile and you don't need more then 2L of water to get there. The work hard starts after the spring. It's just a nasty slog after that.
Successful but beaten. YUK!