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Oct 14 2019
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The plan was to hike the Lowest to Highest route. It's about 130 miles from Badwater Basin, Death Valley to the Mount Whitney summit. Lowest to Highest, or L2H, is a route put together by @blisterfree. More information here. I've been interested in doing this for a few years, and when I noticed Spiced Rum was attempting it, I asked to tag along.

Sunday, October 13
We met at the Pannamint Springs Campground, then drove to Stove Pipe where we had dinner with a gal that works there and has hiked L2H a few times. After that, it was back to Pannamint Springs CG.

Monday, October 14
Got up early and drove to Badwater Basin. It's about a one and a half hour drive. We started the walk across the playa about 7:45 am. In the morning shadow, it looked like we were walking on a frozen lake, just not as cold. As we got farther away from the start, the surface formed the classic salt crystal pattern. Eventually, we emerged from the mountain shadow and were in the sun. Across the playa, the surface texture is constantly changing from salt crystals, to pinnacles, to mud and so on. I pointed myself towards the top of the alluvial fan originating out of Hanaupah Canyon. Eventually we reached the end of the playa and started working our way up towards the canyon.

When we reached the West Side road, near Shorty's Well, we met two hikers, Buck 30, and Steady, heading down the road on some Canada to Mexico desert route. Buck 30 hiked the L2H a few years before and the two also hiked the Mogollon Rim Trail this past spring. What serendipity!

Shortly after we started up towards Hanaupah Canyon, we merged onto the road from Shorty's Well. Here the ascent is steady but continuous. It was getting hot, so I took my hat off and opened my umbrella. On the ascent, I was outdistancing the other two so once I entered the canyon, I stopped and waited for them in a rare shady area. Eventually, they caught up and rested with me for a bit. It was almost chilly in the shade.

From there, we continued following the road into the south fork of Hanaupah Canyon. Finally, the sun was blocked from the canyon walls and it was comfortable walking. At this point the "road" was basically heading south or southwest up the canyon, but when the canyon turned west, the road mostly ended and it was the standard wash walking routine from there.

The creek was flowing a bit below Hanaupah spring which was nice. I gathered water and found a place for us to camp near where we would leave the canyon in the morning. It was after dark when the other two arrived.

Tuesday, October 15
I wasn't in a hurry to get going this morning. The day started with a steep 1600' climb up onto a ridge and I didn't want to start before it was light. Also, I knew I was the faster hiker uphill so wasn't worried about starting after the other two. They got going and I was maybe 10 minutes behind them. They went to the right of a bump and I went to the left, and when I came around it, I was pretty much even with them. I continued up and onto the ridge. It was steep and difficult working my way up the scree. I had to take several short breaks along the way. I was happy to finally get on the ridge. From there, there was still a good 4800' of climbing to go to reach the Telescope Peak trail.

I was waiting for them to reach me. I kept looking down the ridge I came up but never saw them. I waited for a half an hour and still hadn't seen them. I was getting worried since it seemed they should at least be in view by then. I wasn't prepared to go forward, because I didn't know where they had cached water earlier and didn't have enough to continue without it. I was wondering if, for some reason, they had turned back, so I decided to start back down the ridge. I figured that if they were coming up, I'd see them.

Well, they continued up and I didn't see them. I have no idea how we could have missed each other, it baffles me. When I got back to the canyon floor I got enough water to camp another night. At this point, I thought they had turned back and would camp somewhere on the way to Badwater and I hoped to catch up to them.

From this point, I was moving strong and steady out of the canyon but as I continued without seeing any trace of them, I was sure they were still going up. Shortly after I was descending the alluvial fan, I got service and called my wife, where she was able to verify they were still going up through their InReach tracker. At this point, the hike was a bust for me, I didn't have enough food to head back up, so I decided to camp down near Shorty's Well, then hike across the playa in the morning.

As I neared Shorty's Well, I noticed a truck at the road. It turns out a gal, Red Feather, was caching some water for her L2H attempt that she was going to start that evening. A friend of hers, Jeff, was shuttling her and heading to Lone Pine after dropping her off at Badwater Basin. Perfect timing, as Jeff gave me a ride back to Pannamint Springs CG.

End Notes
The next day, I was able to get in touch with Spiced Rum and his wife. She was getting nausea all day Tuesday and Wednesday and wasn't able to eat. They didn't make it up to the Telescope Peak trail until late Wednesday afternoon. I met them at the Mohogany Flats CG (Telescope Peak Trailhead) Wednesday evening. She recovered and I dropped them back off at the trailhead Thursday afternoon.

I debated continuing the hike from Pannamint Springs to Whitney with them, starting Friday morning, but at that point I really was ready to head home.
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May 19 2018
BiFrost
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Telescope Peak from Shorty's WellDeath Valley, CA
Death Valley, CA
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Hiking21.90 Miles 11,753 AEG
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A few years ago I did Telescope Peak with @sbkelley and everything went off without a hitch. So I returned with Kathy to try this beast again so she could experience the route from Shorty’s Well. We arrived the day before and car camped then waking up early to start hiking at 3:30am from Shorty’s Well -253 below sea level.

Not much to see in the dark but this is the relatively boring part of the hike up the road into Hanaupah Canyon although we did have some nice views of sunrise. The road continues for about 8 miles and gains a gradual 3000 feet as the road gets into the tighter part of Hanaupah and eventually stops. From there it’s a canyon hike upstream to where Hanaupah Spring appears out of nowhere at about 9 miles. The spring has very good flow with plenty of pools to filter from. We stopped to filter water and took a nice break since this was the only water source for the day.

After the break the route leaves Hanaupah Canyon on the north side about ½ mile from where we stopped for water. The initial climb is very steep but gets slightly easier towards the top ascending 1500 feet in about a mile. There are also some intermittent use trails that can be found on the ascent that make the steep more manageable. Once on top we were on the main ridge line that we would follow up to the Telescope Peak trail. We took another break here before doing the next 1.5 miles of ridge hiking with much less AEG and probably the easiest part of the hike.

Eventually the ridge starts to go vertical again as we took another break at 6500 feet. At this point we started to get awesome views of Death Valley and the low point Badwater Basin. We also started to hit the thicker pine trees for shade although it wasn’t that hot this high up on the mountain. This section definitely had the nicest stands of forest on the route so we took more breaks.

After the last break it was on and up the most difficult part of the route. It gains 2500 feet to where we reached Telescope Peak Trail but the most challenging part is the final section which gains 1900 feet in just 1 mile. Also, there was loose scree and talus on the relentless climb that made the nice clear trail a welcoming sight. This one really hurt! We took a quick breather and then headed for Telescope Summit.

We passed three other hikers heading down trail but had the place to ourselves once on top. Really awesome 360 views with BadWater Basin over 11,000 feet below and the Sierras to the west although it was a bit hazy. Usually you can make out Mt Whitney but not today. We took about 35 minute much needed break to take in the views and recover.

All packed up we headed back down the trail towards Mahogany Flat. It’s 7 miles to the campground but it’s good downhill trail so after what we just climbed it felt like an easy stroll. We arrived a little before dark and our shuttle driver Scott had camp all setup! We enjoyed not having to hike anymore and relaxing in camp. Mahogany Flat is a nice campground but there are only 10 spots first come first serve and they fill up fast. However, it all worked out after a great day of hiking!

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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Hanaupah Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
very good flow in Hanaupah Canyon a mile downstream from the spring. Appears to be reliable source
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May 21 2016
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Telescope Peak from Shorty's WellDeath Valley, CA
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Hiking21.68 Miles 11,601 AEG
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Shorty's well to Telescope Peak. A hike starting in Badwater Basin at -262 feet below sea level and topping out on Telescope Peak at 11,049. This hike is likely the single largest ascent in the lower 48 states.

I am not sure what is more difficult: Doing the hike itself or timing it properly for weather and then working out the logistics to get it done? Both are monumental tasks.

Last year out efforts were thwarted by a 1000 year flood. This year we came back with a vengeance and mother nature was on our side. On this day we came, we saw, and we conquered! :y:

This hike starts out from Shorty's well and follows an old mining road for several miles. Then it enters into a sandy wash that isn't much fun to trudge through. Eventually at about 10 miles in you find your first water source and it is time to head up. The water is coming from a spring just a little ways up the wash. On this trip the water was flowing heavily. I didn't need any extra water but our group collected here and then Scott led us up the steep mountain grade.

As steep as it was it was certainly a welcome change after the sandy wash and the jeep road. Soon views of Death Valley started to really open up. It was amazing and felt fantastic to be finally getting this one done.

Once on the ridge we continued our way up on a faint use trail. It would fade in and out and it drifted over the terrain, thru the sparse trees and up the scattered scree. It was in this area that the 5 of us separated again but we were never far too far apart.

Every break that we took was a welcome treat. This is coming from someone who doesn't like to take breaks at all. We were just packing in the elevation gain and it was taking it's toll. Then with 9000 feet of gain in the bank I started to whimper like a baby. I cried out to Joe, "we only have 2700 more feet to go"! That's a Flatiron I said. :lol: :sweat:

We pushed forward and then encountered what was possibly the steepest part of the entire trek. Just before topping out on the main trail to Telescope Peak there is what Scott calls a "headwall". Whoa this one was rough. Not sure if it is because it was so steep or because I was spent? Probably both. :lol:

Topping out on the main trail was a welcome treat. It was an actual trail and the grade to the summit is a manageable one. This distance to the summit is roughly a mile and a half from the junction. Along the way we saw Kathy (Karl's wife). She parked at Mahogany Flats and hiked up to the top from there. She was in good spirits and was making her way up in a slow-and-steady fashion. :y:

Near the top there were a few patches of remaining snow but nothing on the trail. Finally at last we reached the summit where there were about a dozen people. They had all come up from Mahogany Flats. Clearly this is a popular hike from that campground and I can see why. The trail is nice but also the views of Death Valley are superb!

Joe and I were driving back to Phoenix after the hike so our stay at the summit was short lived. As we were getting ready to head out Kathy arrived and we chatted for a bit. Then it was an enjoyable hike down the well maintained trail back to Mahogany Flats. Along the way we would cross paths with the other three as they made their final ascent. It was a great to see them there near the finish line. This meant everyone made it successfully! :y:

Back at the campground we met up with Pam (Outdoorlover) who was kind enough to assist with the logistics of getting our vehicle up to this spot. Thank you so much Pam! She and the remaining group would spend the night at the Mahogany Campground. Joe and I on the other hand had business to take care of back at home so we packed up and drove to Phoenix following the hike.

I have heard many questions and debates comparing this one to Cactus to Clouds in Palm Springs. There is some additional elevation gain on this one. There is a decent amount of off trail and then there is of course the raw logistics of this one compared to that of Palm Springs. To me there is no real debate. This one is more challenging and packs a bigger punch! That said I would be far more likely to do Cactus to Clouds again compared to this one simply do to the logistical ease. Both are BIG winners in my book!!!
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Hiking21.90 Miles 11,700 AEG
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jj sums the hike up well in his [ triplog ]
Thanks for driving, the caviar and the crackers too!

Scott deserves the lifetime award for persistent planning which included a thousand year flood, snow in May and scheduling conflicts.

Great to see the Good Humor Man, the Frosts and the dog sitter too!

On April 15th Carrie Underwood hiked Camelback. I made the poor choice of hitting Squaw Peak. Missed Carrie and something in my knee popped. Standing without falling over was a challenge. With Telescope on the horizon I modified RICE. Dropped rest, ice, compress and converted elevate to exercise. Dialed back to flat hikes I could manage with hiking poles. After four weeks got back to average on Squaw. A week ago I began to press it. Two days to go I felt a slight tear. Instead of worrying about it I vested my trust in the full moon. The hike went well and the moon was beautiful. Doo, bow bow, chick chicka chicka

Death Valley is very intriguing. The drive along Furnace Creek is a kaleidoscope of mineral hues. Mountains beside each other can be drastically different.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Hanaupah Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
unbelievable, the creek was flowing very well
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Many things can derail a trip like this one and Scott definitely was the master at juggling all the logistics to make this happen...thank you for all the hard work and planning! As it turned out the weather cooperated this time and we had great temps for hiking this beast. Pam and Kathy provided the much needed driving logistics for a difficult shuttle and moving all our gear and beverages around :D

As for the hike we started about 415am up the long rocky trek into Hanaupah Canyon from Shortys Well. It was dark on this section for the first 5 miles but probably best since things get much more interesting once in the Hanaupah Canyon. Scott said there was a good spring and walking up canyon in the dry creek bed it appears out of nowhere with really decent flow. The spring is at about 9 mile mark and just before the real AEG starts so this water source is in an ideal spot. We filtered and had a snack as Joe and JJ caught up to us at the spring. They had started about 45 minutes behind us but with JJ that is not an issue :)

After the break we hiked out of Hanaupah Canyon up the first good climb of the day onto a ridgeline above the canyon. Once on the ridgeline we started to get our first good views of Death Valley below and how much AEG we had already climbed. JJ has a good description of the route http://hikearizona.com... We continued up the ridgeline with moderate elevation gain until we reached the steepest part. This section is about 2500 feet in less than 2 miles with loose scree and definitely the most difficult part of the hike. Fortunately at the end of this section we finally reached real trail :y:

We were all tired from the steep ascent and took a break right where we reached the trail. After the much needed break we headed up the trail which felt awesome after what we had just climbed. The trail is in great shape with relatively gentle grade all the way to the summit. There is one false summit but it's minor and once on top the views are fantastic. Having done Cactus2Clouds I think Telescope definitely wins the view award. Not only could we see the great views of Death Valley we could also see the snow capped Eastern Sierras and Mount Whitney. Kathy had hiked up from Mahogany Flat and was there to welcome us on the summit as we enjoyed the views and a well earned summit beverage :sweat:

With the hard part complete we headed down to Mahogany Flat. However Kathy convinced me to do Bennett and Rogers Peaks on the way down which the trail bypasses. Reluctantly I agreed to knock out those summits which were good climbs. Definitely could feel the days AEG in the last two climbs.

Finally made it back to camp. Everyone was in good spirits having accomplished the objective. We enjoyed some more well earned beverages and a nice fire to top of the day!
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the spring was upstream but we had very good flow in the creek below with many small pools to filter from
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Hiking21.68 Miles 11,601 AEG
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To say this one was sweet would be an understatement. Telescope Peak and I have a history...

Nov 2008: made it as far as the Panamint Ridge/Telescope Peak Trail and had to abort directly to Mahogany Flats
May 2014: high temps (forecasted lows in the valley near 90) cancelled the trip
Oct 2015: the infamous flood and closure of Badwater Road led to this
Apr/May 2016: snowstorm cancelled the trip

May 2016: Mr. 90s Movie Quote Machine, West Side Road Karl, and I left Shorty's Well at 4:10 a.m. with the nearly full moon lighting up Death Valley. No headlamps required. Very windy the night before, and still a little breezy when we left. J-cubed left about a half hour behind us. Sun's first rays hit us about 5 miles in, but inside the canyon, we were largely in shade again, and even in the sun, temps were pleasant. Really, they were all day.

We all regroup at the spring which has strong flow and ponder the fun about to begin. Up the headwall to the north, which is quite steep at first, then relents a bit before the east-west ridge. I gamely keep up with J-cubed until the east-west ridge (or, more accurately, they kindly hike with me at my pace). Ken, Karl, and I team up for the remainder and we fall into a great group pace: time and elevation pass quickly. Once on the rolling ridgeline, you get to catch your breath and you enter the pines. Nice through here. Enjoy it, because the stretch between 7600' and 9800' is a special treat. Words cannot describe the joy one feels when finally encountering that trail.

On any other day, the final stretch of the Telescope Peak Trail would have been a piece of cake. The previous 10,000' of elevation gain, culminating in the headwall of fun, made sure today was not going to be that kind of day. Eventually, we rounded the false peak and saw sweet success. Karl, Kathy, Ken, and I had the summit to ourselves, and that view is absolutely ridiculous from the summit. See it sometime if you can: the Telescope Peak Trail is a fine way to see it without the headwall. Stayed on the pleasant top for awhile and made our way to Mahogany Camp where friends, food, and gear awaited. Karl and Kathy bagged Bennett and Rogers on the way home but Ken and I beelined it back to camp.

Thanks to the crew for teaming up for this madness - great day. None of this, though, would have happened without the help of Pam and Kathy, and a HUGE thank you for your support! :app:
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When most people hear the word desert they often think of the one place I have yet to see, Death Valley. Their misconception of this place is like that of what you see on cinema, a gila monster crawling up on a rock with a perfect saguaro in the foreground while a convertible car goes by on the highway. A place that holds no value, no entertainment to the common person. A barren wasteland where nothing grows and nobody should go into. It's funny to hear certain opinions, it is even more amusing to see their facial expressions and you tell them a story like this.

We drove into the salt marsh past the golden hour, in fact the midnight hour was approaching and I was trying my best to make out the landscape in the dimness from the headlights of a moving vehicle. It was my first time to this place and I couldn't even see it, not knowing if I would get the chance on the way out a part of me was thinking we should have had a different plan as I wasn't even getting to see a place I have dreamed about going. It didn't seem to take long to arrive at Furnace Creek and make the turn for Shorty's Well. You could feel the car shift while driving down the road, the winds were making their presence felt and had me pondering how much it was going to affect us while hiking on up the mountain. We reach our turnoff and proceed down the graded dirt road to Shorty's Well. Bump after bump, you felt every grade in the road where when you reached the soft sand it made you feel grateful for the soft car seats and then we were there.

We stepped out of the vehicle once parked and had our first taste of what the strong gusting winds had blowing our direction. It was quite fierce and we might have looked at each other and knew what was on each others minds but didn't say anything. It was pretty much time to set up camp and get a few hours of sleep. It was the worst night of camping you could have, as Scott set up his tent somehow, Pam would have her car, and I just looked for the best spot on the desert floor to lay down my sleeping pad and close my eyes. The wind wouldn't let you sleep really. After the first hour of laying there with my hoorag covering my face I might have finally faded into the glow of the moonlight. It wouldn't last long, every twenty minutes it seemed a new gust would awaken me out of my sleep. When this happened I would just turn on my light, look at the time and look around me to make sure no desert creatures were lurking around me. This is how the night went for me for the four hours we were there. Suddenly there was a new sensation for me in the darkness, it was my wake up call in the form of a cold wet dog nose. Thanks Rincon.

My adrenaline rush began, it was time to get ready and go which was fine by me since the night wasn't too enjoyable. I stood up as Rincon ran away, dusted myself off from the fresh thick layer of sand that had built up on me during the windy night. I pick up my sleeping pad and see at least five scorpions scatter from the eye of my headlamp. I make sure no more are on my pad before I roll it up and put it away. I head over to Scott to ask him if any were on my back and once I got the answer I was looking for we got our packs ready and headed out to start this adventure.

I had to make sure to touch the well before we left and snapped a picture of it, we met Karl over at his vehicle and started on up the road towards Hanaupah Canyon. The winds were still gusting but seemed to have calmed a bit, in the back of my mind all I could think about was they sucked too much moisture out of me during the night and I felt unusually dry for this type of adventure. The glow from the moon made it to where we didn't need to use our lights to see, it also made the giant silhouette of the Panamint Mountains ahead loom large and intimidate as well as invite you towards them. The three of us seemed to make good time up this road, we looked back and could see some fast moving lights from below and we all knew it had to be JJ driving towards the starting line. Sunrise came and we were towards the base of the mountain, finally it felt like the hike was starting as anyone who knows me knows my feelings about walking on desert roads. We make our first turn at the base of the rock and where now in the canyon, the road ended and it was time to make our way to the spring where we would filter water and stock up our supplies for the giant climb up the ridge. How strange it felt to be in the middle of Death Valley and hear running water, and then you see what looks like a flowing creek is quite amazing. We found a good size pool to filter in and that is when I noticed something, there was a quiet calm feeling all of a sudden, the winds had virtually stopped and that is when we started to hear voices coming. JJ and Joe had caught up to us and it was time to start the gain up the ridge.

There are several faint paths to switchback on going up the steep mountainside, I turn around to see the mine and look into the canyon further up and you could see a lush landscape which was pleasantly unexpected. The higher you go the more you do not want to look up because you do not feel like you are not gaining any ground on the summit. We gather at a spot in the middle of the ridge and it was time to let JJ and Joe go their own way as they sped up the ridge while I wanted to keep a nice cadence the entire way and not burn out. It was fun to hit the first treeline, it was here the views started to open up and looking back down upon the badwater basin was amazing. Through the trees we went and then came the giant scree field climb up to the ridgeline and the trail.

Upon reaching the trail we collected our wind and took a look towards the summit and the last push. We knew we would see JJ and Joe coming back down and we did. They told us about fifteen people, two dogs, and a drone are up on the summit. We make out way along the last steep switchbacks and see the final push to the summit which was very inviting because it was relatively flat to the summit. Our timing was great, after a few minutes everyone else that was up top started to make their way down and we had the summit all to ourselves. The three hundred and sixty degree views up top are amazing and some of the best I have ever seen on a mountain top. This made the long grueling hike to the top worth it as half way up your legs start to burn and do not stop until you reach the end which was the campground two hours away from the summit.

You tell people about snow and high mountains in the middle of Death Valley and you get that look that only makes you laugh because of the fact they have no idea what this place really has to offer. I cannot wait to come back and see more of this place without doing an adventure that wipes you out. The love of the desert is special and I am glad to have been a part of this adventure.
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