The drive through Death Valley was HOT and challenging. The hike was easy and pleasant.
#1 05-29-21 W/ Lana. Early start made for a stimulating sunrise view. Didn't expect the long stretch of contouring around Bennett Peak or the subsequent elevation loss, but that kept monotony at bay! Windy all day long. Enjoyed the contrast between the high switchbacks and then the gentle quarter-mile stroll to the summit. The trees along the trail were amazing to behold. Their bold colors, knotting, deeply-veined exposed roots and Halloween-themed skeletons begged for long looks.
Great day hike w/ Amy from camp at Mahogany Flat. Watched the sunrise from the trail and had the summit to ourselves.
Stepped off from Charcoal Kilns. Good weather. No issues. Logged 17.6 miles with Strava app. No deviations.
Great views and enjoyable climb, except for the weather near the top! Gale force winds on the ridges between rodger, bennette, and telescope peak. At summit, had 10 F weather, gusting winds, and no view at all! It was completely surrounded by cloud cover. On a good day, I imagine this hike is absolutely epic though! I just got unlucky here.
From Badwater Basin at midnight, drove up to the pavement end from Emigrant Camp, hiked up to Charcoal Kilns and Mahogany Pass, and 2 and a half hours from Mahogany to summit. Nearly 90 degrees on return trip due to a late start, 17 miles round trip in 8 hours, -280 feet to 11,000 feet in 7 hours. Death Valley is well worth the visit, come prepared with a tank of water!
Perfect conditions, nice hike up from the Kilns. Patches of snow here and there, especially between the Kilns and Bennett, but mostly snow free.
Contact me if you lost a pair of sunglasses on Telescope peak - David@TheDarbys.com.
Beautiful day. The road wasn't too bad .
Telescope Peak, CA
Celebration hike for a friend's 65th birthday. We hiked up the easy way and spent the night on the summit, woke up to sleet and graupel in the night and rime ice in the morning. Pleasantly surprised by the size of the bristlecones up there!
Telescope was the main and first objective in long 5-summit day. Blowing snow and fog made for limited views from Telescope, but conditions got better later in the day. Trip Report
Temperature was almost ideal, sunny with a cold wind. I returned over Bennet, which was a nice, quiet place to rest. This hike took me 5:45.
Worth the treacherous drive to the trail head. Not a hard hike.
A good Desert Peak to bag
~30 miles & 13,200 gain loop from Shortys Well with class 3 ascent via Pinnacle Ridge. https://peaksforfreaks.blogspot.com/2017/12/telescope-peak-via-pinnacle-ridge.html
With Bennett & Rogers Peak.
Finally had a chance to go hike Telescope Peak it’s been on the bucket list for ages! There wasn’t snow yet, but it was pretty cold.. 13 miles round trip with 3,300’ of elevation gain. Beautiful views of Badwater Basin and the Sierra Nevada Mountains! I definitely recommend this hike! Wrote a full trip report on www.shedreamsofalpine.com
Was alone on most of the hike to the summit. Snowfields covered much of the upper reaches and obscured the trail. Summit views were clear and glorious, especially of the Sierra.
The problem came when I took a little slip on some wet talus just below the summit and sprained my ankle so badly that I heard a "snap!" Soon after I encountered a *large* group of senior citizens strolling their way up with a couple of minders, lol! I was tempted to ask for help but instead limped the entire 4,000 feet and 7 miles down in order to both assuage my pride and not ruin their day... a foolish decision on my part.
Luckily my hiking buddy had stayed behind, and she drove all the way home. I summitted Half Dome six weeks later.
Summited Telescope Peak in 3 hours on a hot day in July. Interesting temperatures as it was warmer lower at the drivable Mahagoney Flats TH at 10am than anywhere else. Kinda cool, the dry adiabatic lapse rate of Death Valley allows the ability to actually out climb the increasing diurnal temp to about 75*. No wind and grand ridgeline views of such extreme altitudes in the area.