Went up via the service road to Roger's Pk, descended onto the main trail and continued to Telescope Pk, then went up and over Bennett Pk on the way back. This route made for a fantastic climb.
Was there snow up there when you climbed?
The first of many Thanksgiving weekends I'd start spending driving around the deserts of CA. Planned to camp on the summit, but very strong wind and freezing temperatures forced us to camp at the saddle before the final push. Luckily we found a spot just big enough for a tent completely out of the wind with a great view into the valley, was still one of the coldest nights I've ever spent out.
Gate was closed at Charcoal Kilns due to snow. We snowshoed up Bennett, then Telescope, then Rogers on the way back. We went down the north side of Rogers and glissaded down a gully back to the road and walked the rest of the way back to the Charcoal Kilns. Good day, great views of Spring Mountains and Sierra Nevada. Perfect!
Reached summit 3-25-10- Jeff Gorski and Greg Arnold. Crampons and ice axe required for final ridge- 2 inch hard pack with ice underneath. Long day- 10 hours RT from Mahogany Flats camp.
Knee high to waist high snow for most of the trip, but successful nevertheless. Was wishing I had my skis, but never would have expected this much snow.
Great hike, was little hazy! Could not see Mt. Whitney, as I was hoping for. Take plenty of water and leave some on the summit if you have extra.
Nice group hike from Mahogany Flats. Maybe Shorty's Well someday, if I've got a hot poker being threatened to be stuck in my eye.
"4x4" road? Hah! I got the Celica up that thing with no further damage. Fun summit register, with a few hardy souls who did it from Shorty's Wells.
3 of us did Shorty's Well (-250 ft) to Telescope Peak Hike. It took us 11 hours 40 minutes to the Peak (it was slow) and another 2.5 hours to the Mahogany Flat. Total Elevation gain was 12,000 ft. Total Distans was 22 mile (16 miles up and 6 mile down)
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One trip is probably the most enjoyable.
The perfect storm of good weather, good friends and an all around good day! Tagged with four first timers and it was FANTASTIC to see it through their eyes and have them be in such good spirits. Hopefully I flipped a switch in a couple of them. Super mega good day!!
Nice 14-mi. dayhike! It was a little windy for us, but still an enjoyable hike! Great views & even a summit sign to hold up for our pictures, was in the amo-box.
We drove from the Charcoal Kilns to Mahogony Flat which is at an elevation of 8133’. Starting at Mahogony Flat we hiked from Bennett Peak (9980’), to Telescope Peak 11409’, and then to Rogers Peak 9945’. The hike was about 15 or 16 miles long, and the elevation gain was about 4400’.
Day-hiked from Mahogany Flats. Great hike and the weather was perfect.....high's in the 70's, lows in the 50's, not a cloud in the sky.
Great hike and better the second time because the pain wasn't a suprise.
We did this as an overnight hike. Started at Thorndike campground 0.8 miles and 600 feet elev below the trailhead because we were told our 2WD sedan wouldn't make the drive to Mahogany Flat, although it would have done just fine. Camped at beautiful Arcane Meadows 2.5 miles up from the trailhead on a cloudy and completely windless night. Went to the summit and returned to Thorndike the next day. Temps were in the 50s and 60s and there is no snow left on the trail. Great hike!
This has to be one of the very best dayhikes in California. We camped on the shoulder a couple of miles from the summit.
First DPS peak!
With my wife this was our second ascent of Telescope, this time as an overnight and a great way to do this fantastic peak. Left North Orange County at 6 am, after arrived at Mahogany Flats trailhead about Noon, backpacked to the ridgeline about 2/3 of the way, setup camp, hiked to the summit, returned to camp for dinner. Up at about dawn, packed up and hiked out.