Some people have suggested that regular passenger vehicles can make it to the Mahogany Flats CG and Telescope Peak TH, but don't trust those notion. I was only able to get my high-clearance rental SUV (2WD, not 4WD) up the road to 7800' elevation (halfway between the Thorndike & Mahogany Flats CGs), when I suddenly hit a steep rocky spot that felt as soft as sand to drive onto. There was slightly enough room on my driver's side (an apparent pullout spot for 4WD vehicles) to do a multi-point turnaround... which almost got my SUV stuck. I drove down 50' to a more-defined car-camp type of pullout. Although that pullout location was excellent to leave the vehicle parked, don't get too confident about even reaching that location with a 2WD high-clearance vehicle, as much of the road beyond Charcoal Kilns is in poor shape.
As for the peak, I did a morning hike. Some people had spent the night at the Mahogany Flats CG but I never encountered them (or anyone else) on the trail. The trail is in excellent shape. Clear-blue skies changed to hazy skies as I reached the summit. Awesome views from the top! Highly recommended summit hike.
Did Bennett, Telescope, and Rogers from Mahogany Flat CG. Folks had been getting to the top for at least 10 days prior: low snow year, and a warm spring! Still a little snow in spots on the final switchbacks, but boot-packed.
And the road up to Mahogany Flat is in great shape. It was regraded last Fall, so currently an ordinary car can make the climb up the hill. This won't last long!
April 19, 2010 - solo, started from Charcoal Kilns as road had high snow patches past this point and I drove a Hyundai Accent. Had to post-hole nearly chest high snow for the last 1,000 feet. Thank goodness I had lived at 8,000 feet in Montana all winter long.
I met a friend from Colorado out at some camp ground below Mahogany Flats. We drove up there the next day and walked the trail to the summit. Nice, well maintained trail in good weather. The following day we followed it up with a trail hike up Wildrose. It was a break from all the off trail climbing I'd been doing up until then. And I've wanted to climb Telescope for years, especially since I could see it from nearly anywhere I was climbing in the greater Las Vegas area.
Car camped at Maghogany in 4 to 5" of fresh powder. Left with girlfriend for her first winter ascent. Very cold, experiencing the tail-end of a storm. Got -19 F. that night with the wind. The wind and snow drift was slow ascending. Made it summit and the wind died down. Weird! Head down and the wind picked up again. Climbed up to Roger Peak and descended the road and x\c to Maghogany.
Met a friend from Colorado and up we went.
My first climbed in DVNP, reached the summit with Caz and Ang. It's a nice introduction to the park to see the great vertical relief between the summit and Badwater firsthand, not to mention the view to Mt. Whitney...
All time great epics. Snow, sand, wind, cold, hot, pissed, bitter, happy, emotional, fucked up, neurotic and insecure. All in all a good day.
Sounds like hike was 'FINE' - fucked up, insecure, neurotic and emotional.
Hiked with a couple of friends from Washington. Nice trail with tremendous views in all directions. We tagged Bennett and Rogers on the way back.
Loved it, difficult but very.rewarding. Left memorial on summit for some fallen comrades
First hiked it in March 1997. Tried again in April 2003, but there was too much snow. This time, I started about half an hour before dawn. July temps were cool enough that I kept long sleeves on for about half of the hike up. It was warm and pleasant on the way down.
With Greg. Had been a light snow year, so less snow than probably usual. But above 10,000 the snow increased (a storm a few days prior no doubt contributed)and the final summit bit was covered. Could not find the switchbacks reported for the last leg, so essentially went straight up, postholing 1-2 ft all the way. Quite a mountain. It was great to stand there and contemplate Mt. Charleston to the east, and now I can remember standing on Telescope as I see it often from the high Spring Mountains.
Bennet and rogers on the way down
Wow, this was a long hike, especially since I started from Thorndike campground. Really cold wind once you get on the ridge. It was amazing to see Badwater Basin from there, over 2 vertical miles lower.
Well maintained trail all the way to the top! Great dayhike!
Incredible views from the top in all directions. A little chilly and windy at the end of fall.
A nice, clear day with outstanding views and calm winds. Taking the hiking trail, rather than the snow covered road up Rogers, there were some ice patches to step over and/or be cautious with on the stretch near the trailhead. Snow began in earnest from Arcane Meadow onward, but was not deep enough to slow my pace. I sometimes avoided snow by sticking to the ridgeline. Upon reaching the final, steep climb up Telescope, I bypassed the potentially icy switchbacks by heading straight up the north/northeast ridge in soft ankle to shin deep snow. I was fine in my waterproof hiking boots with trekking poles. I summited Bennett on the way back from Telescope, but didn't want to deal with Rogers (got a late midday start/finished in the dark as it was), nor the deeper snow of the north facing slopes of the road down from it...maybe a quick summit of Rogers next time I go to DVNP.
Spectacular hike to a surprisingly nice summit with commanding views. This was a great way to finish a trip that started with a turn-around on Whitney at 13,200 feet.
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