Telescope Peak Climber's Log

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MoapaPk - Nov 7, 2007 12:04 am

Re: Telescope Peak

My tolerance for mule poop/pee is really low!!


MoapaPk - Nov 4, 2007 3:40 pm Date Climbed: Nov 3, 2007

shorty's->Telescope  Sucess!

First, hats off to those who do the full hike, returning down that miserable talus back to Shorty's. We had a ride waiting at Mahogany; 22 miles and 11500' accumulated was enough.

Second, do the road in the dark so you will pass this tedious part without massive boredom.

Started at the well at ~3:30AM; picked the timing so there was a crescent (almost quarter) moon that rose at 1:30 AM. Got to top ~1:25, back to Mahogany ~3:30PM.

I'll post the map for our route on the ridge-- seemed better than guidebook suggestions, as it was a stable ridge with cairns and a switchbacked pack trail much of the way. I think this is the route suggested by Dave Daly, but I didn't see cairns at the very bottom of the route -- maybe they were washed away -- and we certainly never had the loose crap one sees in the picture of Deb.

For a 1-day "how much gain can I do?" test, I would greatly prefer this to GC rim2rim2rim -- there isn't the beauty, but there also isn't the mule pee/poop, and there aren't hordes of people and digusting outhouses.

Did the trail years ago, after a snowy year. This time (2007) was the first time I'd seen the peak without snow :^(

panweilin - Oct 25, 2007 3:16 pm Date Climbed: Oct 29, 2006

Shorty's Well -> Telescope Peak -> Mahogany Flat  Sucess!

Started 4am from Shorty's Well (-252 ft), bagged Telescope Peak (11,049 ft) 7pm, descended to Mahogany Flat 11pm.


graham - Oct 18, 2007 8:28 pm Date Climbed: Oct 13, 2007

From Shorty's Well  Sucess!

Hiked up from Shorty's Well (Badwater) with TonyC and ET. Exited via Mahogany Flats. Luckily, we got a ride back to Furnace Creek by some nice tourists

midwest hiker

midwest hiker - Oct 8, 2007 2:41 pm Date Climbed: Oct 7, 2007

dayhike from mahogany  Sucess!

made it all the way up to Mahogany Flat in my Honda Accord (which I was immensely grateful for at the end of the day). Perfect weather--sunny and very little wind. Didn't see anyone all day til I was almost back to the trail head on the way down. Brutal switchbacks toward the end; thought they'd never end! :) But overall, great hike and phenomenal views.


lasvegaswraith - Aug 25, 2007 1:32 am

from Mahogany  Sucess!

Climbed from Mahogany flats. Gotta try it from Badwater next time.


derbilly - Aug 21, 2007 9:09 pm Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2007

Trail  Sucess!

Decided to take a break from the rigorous schedule of the challenge and change up the scenery.

mlarkin2002 - Aug 13, 2007 11:20 pm Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2007

Dayhike  Sucess!

Dayhike from mahogany cg, picked up bennett and rogers as well.


alpspitze - Jun 16, 2007 6:45 pm Date Climbed: Apr 14, 2007

Mahogany Flats Trail  Sucess!

Great weather, almost 100 in the valley but only 35 and windy on top. Good view of the Sierra's.


MoabPeakBagger - Jun 9, 2007 8:24 pm Date Climbed: Mar 7, 2006

winter ascent  Sucess!

up from Charcoal Kiln. Cramponing the last few miles-- intense, beautiful.


johnm - May 11, 2007 11:55 pm Date Climbed: May 11, 2007

From mahogany Flats  Sucess!

Great day for a climb. Weather was great views were a bit hazy. Got to watch the Naval Pilots from China Lake maneuvering high up above.


Guilty - Apr 24, 2007 10:15 pm Date Climbed: Dec 9, 2006

Mahogany Flats  Sucess!

Drove up from a field trip and started late for hiking/running in the winter. Very windy and cold on top. To cold to video but I did! Roundtrip 3 1/2 hours.

Dave Daly

Dave Daly - Jan 2, 2007 7:13 pm Date Climbed: Dec 31, 2006

From Shorty's Well  Sucess!

What a slog!! The first 5 miles from Shorty's Well simply blows! Funny how a few people that were camped out along the road asked us where Deb and I were coming from. Where else?!? The only other possibility....transported by a UFO? :P a chance to visit the Primrose Mine directly across from the South Fork ridgeline....spooky! Couldn't have made the summit without my partner and wife Deb! :)


tpdwr - Dec 19, 2006 12:06 am Date Climbed: Jul 23, 1972

From mahogany Flats  Sucess!

Got very sunburned on this day!


forjan - Oct 16, 2006 7:28 pm Date Climbed: Oct 15, 2006

Shorty's Well to Telescope Peak's summit  Sucess!

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.


danny-boy - Oct 4, 2006 12:20 am Date Climbed: Nov 2, 2005

Nice views  Sucess!

Lots of wind


Eleutheros - Oct 2, 2006 1:42 am

Overnight  Sucess!

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.


BLT - Sep 25, 2006 6:14 am Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2006

from Mahogany Flat  Sucess!

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.


rhyang - Sep 18, 2006 2:28 pm

April 2002  Sucess!

Came up cross-country from a camp in Tuber Canyon, up to Arcane Meadow, where we joined the trail. Trip led by Desert Survivors.

Bob Bolton

Bob Bolton - Sep 14, 2006 12:56 am Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2006

Mahogany Flat trail  Sucess!

Thoroughly enjoyed this hike. Weather was perfect with a cool breeze.

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