Beautiful day up on Telescope Peak. Some snow in the shady parts of the trail but overall in great condition. The road to Mahogany Flats (~8000 ft) was in good condition.
Up from Shorty's, pretty cool hike. Dropped overnight gear on the ridge that separates the middle and south forks of the canyon and continued to the summit, about 9 hours up. Late-ish start so topped out right at sunset.
Consistent snow the last 2500ft and moderate temps meant it was soft enough to either posthole in the deep parts or slip in the shallow parts. Legs were really feeling it on the last steep push up to the north summit.
Topped out with a couple hardy guys who had hauled skis all the way up from Shorty's, one was a bit sketched by the many rocks poking through the snow and stashed the skis at the start of the summit ridge, but the other (who was apparently the originator of their crazy idea) was able to get a descent of the ridge out of his efforts.
Descended back to the ridge to camp at point 5303 for a spectacular reverse Dante's View to wake up to. Failed attempt to find the rock art down in the upper canyon the next day before hiking out, oh well.
The signature peak of my California trip.
Took my 2wd up to Thorndike Campground, was a bit steep and I was nervous driving above Charcoal Kilns but if my 2wd can make it than anyone's can. Didn't push my luck going further. Hiked up the service road to Rogers, then up and over Bennett before heading on to Telescope, then took the trail back down to Mahogany campground and the road back to the car.
Trona-Wildrose Rd still closed. Arrived at Thorndyke CG around 1 am. Only ones there. Hundreds of jack rabbits on the road to Wildrose. Started hike before 7am. Very hot day with temp between 90 and 100.
Drove up from Panamint Springs in the morning. 7:30 AM start. Trail is completely snow and ice free the entire way. A couple of small snow drifts near the trail at 10,800 but not on the trail. Road to Kilns is passable with a passenger car but up to Mahogany Flats is not -- need high clearance in my opinion. Overall it's a great hike - a straightforward Class 1 trail with great views at the top. Up in 2 hours 30 minutes, spend 15 minutes on the summit and down in 1 hour 55 minutes. Was solo and jogged down short portions of the trail. Some limited vertical exposure in two very short sections but nothing significant. FYI -- I didn't have cell phone reception starting about five miles after leaving Furnace Creek (coming from Nevada) so if you need to text or call someone, do it then.
Hello - thank you for the post. We are planning a trip there this weekend and we are wondering if you can tell us if the road to Mahogany Flats open? We know we'll need to bring the truck - we had heard the road was closed to all traffic. Thank you very much for any light you can shed on the current status with that road.
From Maghogany Camp to Tele, then back down to Bennett and Roger and Mohogany in 5 hours, R/T. Some snow on top.
A long hike, but well worth it. Surprisingly low winds at the summit, and a great view of the surrounding area (Badwater, Charleston, Whitney, Olancha, etc)
spent the night at mahogany flat before the hike. cold and windy as hell. two independent sources estimated winds at a nearly constant 60mph. saw a couple people blown over on the trail.
If not for the ferosious winds, this hike would have been a bore from Mahogany Flats. Tele, Bennie and Rogers.....wind ruined the air quality for long range sights. Cool to see 1000' plumes of sand coming up off the desert floor thought.
Out and back from Mahogany Flat Campground. Good view of Death and Panamint Valleys and the rugged Panamint Range to the south.
I hiked to the top of this mountain sometime in spring-summer. There was snow on the summit.
Hiked with my girlfriend. We were working at Furnace Creek Resort at the time. Camped at Mahogany Flat the night before, which is one of the prettiest campgrounds around. Beautiful hike. I was especially impressed with Arcane Meadows.
Hit the trail at almost 10 AM. Nice hike in direct Sun. A permanent cloud above the peak freaked me out the whole time since it didn't move but rather got bigger & bigger and darker & darker. I feared thunderstorm. Got to summit in 2:55 from the trailhead. 20 minutes on summit. Got down in 2 hours fearing the thunderstorm. As we got inside the car and drove 100 meters a monstrous sand storm started that engulfed the whole mountain & Death Valley entirely. I've never seen a sand storm before. I was very happy we were not on the mountain anymore.
Road is rough but there were several sedans at the Mahogany Flat Campground.. The guy I hiked with had a Honda Accord and he had no problems getting to the campground. Weather was mostly perfect.. There were tons of moths and ladybugs at the summit.. There is a summit register and reference mark.. Didn't find the actual benchmark.. Not sure if there even is one..
After climbing for years in the Alps this is my first peak in the US. Great hike up from Mahogany Flat campground. Most challenging was getting our Kia rental up on to Mahogany flat.
I drove up to Mahogany Flats the evening before and camped. The next day I got an early start and was up and back by noon. Really fun hike and the views out towards Mount Whitney and White Mountain, as well as Bad Water Basin were unbelievable.
17-mile round trip; it was a struggle getting my low-slung passenger car as far as the charcoal kilns! Well worth it for the scenery and solitude. A light dusting of fall snow on the peak itself.