Telescope Peak Climber's Log

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96avs01 - May 4, 2008 10:59 pm Date Climbed: May 3, 2008

Windy n Cloudy  Sucess!

Quite surprised by the winds and clouds on the way to the summit. High Sierra were engulfed in clouds. Very nice trail and excellent views, but the summit/trail was somewhat crowded. Mahogany Flat CG is quite pleasant.


llkylej - Apr 29, 2008 2:49 am Date Climbed: Apr 28, 2008

From Mahogany Flats  Sucess!

Just returned home from a successful hike up Telescope Peak. Hazy day limited the view, but could still see down into Death Valley easily.


peakrat76 - Apr 23, 2008 1:39 pm Date Climbed: May 19, 2003

Standard Route  Sucess!

From campsite at Mahogany Flats. Perfect day - still some snow up high. Lots of forest fire smoke obscured view of the Sierra. Awesome desert peak - a favorite.

Sam Page

Sam Page - Apr 20, 2008 12:52 pm Date Climbed: Nov 15, 2000

Weird  Sucess!

I do not remember the exact date. Two guys on the (rather remote) summit were drinking beer and a woman with an enormous hip-pack filled primarily with popcorn was not restraining her flatulence. Later that evening at the campground, a crazed woman intentionally drove her car at high speed down the mountainside and then disappeared from the accident site, thus necessitating the arrival of a search and rescue team. Odd.


grimbley - Mar 19, 2008 10:01 pm


Nice hike, but we didn't make the top. There was more snow than we had anticipated, up to a few feet in places. Hike provides great views of valley, however.

Bob Burd

Bob Burd - Feb 29, 2008 11:39 pm Date Climbed: Dec 3, 2007

The trail  Sucess!

It would seem everyone climbs this one. Snow on the ground and screaming winds. Fun day with Evan. Trip Report


phillinley - Feb 11, 2008 11:44 am Date Climbed: Feb 1, 2008

Winter ascent

Way too windy on the ridge past Rogers and Bennett to finish this in one day. Had to snowshoe in about a mile south of Charcoal.


jimegan - Feb 8, 2008 8:17 am Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2003



Shirley Lam

Shirley Lam - Jan 30, 2008 10:21 pm Date Climbed: Oct 5, 2007

Dayhiked  Sucess!

from Shorty's


bighornmonkey - Jan 18, 2008 1:03 pm Date Climbed: Oct 5, 2007

Done...  Sucess!

Got to the top twice...great views from up there.


Bonesaw - Jan 11, 2008 9:34 am Date Climbed: May 15, 2003

Dayhike  Sucess!

Fun hike... a nice way to escape the valley heat in May. Was interesting to be melting in 115 deg F temperature at Badwater one day and hiking through snow the next day.


kovarpa - Jan 5, 2008 5:39 pm Date Climbed: Dec 29, 2007

Our last 2007 climb/hike  Sucess!

Hike from TH. Windy once on the crest, not a lot of snow. Only the two of us that day.


RyanMountain - Dec 3, 2007 3:42 pm Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2006

2nd try a success  Sucess!

The first attempt I made on this mountain ended before it even began when I rolled my car on Wildrose Rd. in Death Valley. I wasn't discouraged however, and I returned in June to claim the summit. Easy hike with great desert and mountain views. The bristlecones are a beautiful part of the trip as well!

Did this in a three day marathon of mountains, rocks, and driving. Day 1: Mt. Dana in Yosemite, 2: Telescope, 3: Back in YOSE for Half Dome.


redsplashman23 - Nov 25, 2007 2:01 am Date Climbed: Nov 23, 2007

Windy day  Sucess!

Very Windy and cold day. Great views of the Sierras, Death Valley, the Spring Mountains, and much more. Bagged Bennett and Rogers on the way back and saw an almost Full Moon on the way down from Rogers.


ryanclear - Nov 11, 2007 8:20 pm Date Climbed: Nov 10, 2007

fairly easy hike

we hiked from mahogany flats which is about 14 miles round trip. the beginning is a constant grade that brings you around different traverses and ridges. the wind really started to pick up as the temperature read 40 degrees. you can see the peak from where the rangers station is when you ascend your first 1000 feet. it is very deceptive being that I thought we where going to hike up the backbone of the mountain. Wrong, we went around traverse and ended up hiking up a series of switchbacks. The hike was great though, i started feeling the altitude around 1050 feet. Stopped and rested for a few minutes and then hit the summit.

The summit is one of the more beautiful views I have seen.


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.

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