I finally did the infamous Shorty's Well (Badwater) to Telescope Peak's summit hike. Thanks to awagher for playing chauffer. We were a group of 7 people, divided into two smaller groups. One group started half an hour earlier: Ron Hudson, Kathy, Wendy and Paul. The other group was pmorash, RSN473 and myself (we started at 3:00AM from Shorty's Well at an elevation of -253'). I reached Telescope's summit at 1:10PM. Stayed there over an hour while the others arrived. Bagged Bennett Peak on the way out. Got to Mahogany Flats just before 4:30PM.
Route Climbed: Mahogany Flat Trail
Date Climbed: December 4, 2004
I hiked with agorokhov. I was only able to drive my car to the Charcoal Kilns parking lot (elev ~ 6900'), which was icy by the way. We started this snow hike of Telescope Peak at the late hour of 8:40AM from the Charcoal Kilns. Took a lunch break at Arcane Meadows (9,630') just before noon. Then, we bagged Bennett Peak (9,980') and continued onto Telescope. We put crampons and pull out the ice axe at about 10,400'. I reached the summit at 2:42PM. Waited for Alex who arrived at the summit at 3:21PM. An absolutely clear winter day. Excellent views to the east: could see all the way to Charleston Peak in Nevada. Snapped some pictures and headed down at 3:31pm. I told Alex I was going to move ahead as I wanted to bag Rogers Peak (9,994') before it was too dark. I reached the summit of Rogers Peak at 5:18PM. Made it down to my car at 6:41PM (10 hrs car-to-car). Alex got to the car an hour later at 7:40PM. It was cold at the Charcoal Kilns icy parking lot. The temperature was around 18 F.
Route Climbed: Mahogany Flat trail (normal route)
Date Climbed: April 29, 2000
Trail on 4/29/00 was mostly snow free except the last few hundred feet from the summit. Ancient bristlecone pines appear just above the 10,000 ft level. Great views of Death Valley to the east and the High Sierra to the west.
Lots of wind
Parked at Charcoal Kilns because truck was so low on gas, I didn't want to risk the extra mile up to Mahogany Flats. Stayed overnight just below the summit. Las Vegas lights were visible at night. Incredible sunrise.
Great peak with unparalleled 360 view of endless mountain ranges. Quite a bit of smoke in the air today (from the Day Fire in Los Padres NF, I think) that began to obscure the view of the High Sierra by mid-afternoon.
Came up cross-country from a camp in Tuber Canyon, up to Arcane Meadow, where we joined the trail. Trip led by Desert Survivors.
Thoroughly enjoyed this hike. Weather was perfect with a cool breeze.
nice hike in a very interesting area
A beautiful hike with great views. This one was for you Jim.
Memorial Day Weekend 2005--still snowy along the ridgetop. Ran up and enjoyed gorgeous views.
Second time summitting, and the view is definitely better in winter.
Nice trail. Lots of flowers (and even a small patch of snow) when I was there.
I had telescope to myself this day. this summit made three ultra-prominence peaks in three days, and along with rogers and bennett, six peaks in three days.
does anyone know who jenny harder (death valley) is?
I did this with Maria as part of a two week trip visting National parks in Cal, Utah, and Wyoming. Easy hike, tought road in a rental. Watch out for the rabits on the drive up!
with james barnett. woke up in the alabama hills and drove from lone pine to mahogany flats, hiked the peak (snow on final ridge to top) then drove to great basin falls for the night.
This was hike #5 of five, ten-mile hikes we had planned for the boy scouts of Troop 199 to complete towards earning their hiking merit badge. The weather was beautiful. Adults inluded me, Bristol Ellington, Dr. Jeff Stokes, and Michael Cureton. Youth included Michael Cureton, Jared and Stanley Kuntz, DJ Kesterson, Seth Twitchell, Ben Anderson, Skyler Sudweeks, Josh Sillitoe, Austin Steadman, Lance Foutz, and David Mounteer. Craig Gimbel, the oldest youth, hid in the trees below the switchbacks and we didn't discover his abscence until we took a headcount on top of the peak. He did get credit for hiking ten miles (the rest of us hiked 14), but he also gets credit here for being the only one in our group who didn't bag the peak
We camped on the ridge at about 9,500 feet within a little ring of trees. There was a light dusting of snow from about 10,200 on up. The summit was very windy and cold, and we took in great views of Whitney illuminated by the sun. Telescope provides the only opportunity to see the entire elevation cross-section of the contiguous U.S.!
Driving the car to the TH was the crux! Really pleasant day with quite a crowd atop.
Climbed with Korny, check out his description...it was really, really cold!
Camped at Thorndike Camp, Scott's Honda couldn't make it up the icy road. Patches of snow along the trail, snow quality varied from crunchy patches of snow to ice. Followed kicked steps and snowshoes. No snow or clouds in the morning, cool and with the windchill it was cold enough to make ice form in our exposed nalgenes. Watched the storm move in from the west, and escaped from Telescope Peak just as the snow began to fall.
(May 23-24, 1987) Mountain fever had me, so I hot-tailed it from the slopes of Mt. Whitney to the Mahogany Flat Campground at the head of Wildrose Canyon. Got some light snow that evening (camping at 8133') but had a fine time drinking hot-toddies with my new neighbors. We hit the trail early, an easy 7-mile trek to Telescope Peak, the highest peak in Death Valley (11049'). Many folks lunching on top.