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Jun 14 2021
DixieFlyer
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Telescope Peak TrailDeath Valley, CA
Death Valley, CA
Hiking avatar Jun 14 2021
DixieFlyer
Hiking13.70 Miles 3,665 AEG
Hiking13.70 Miles   6 Hrs   33 Mns   2.62 mph
3,665 ft AEG   1 Hour   19 Mns Break
 
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This was the second day of an out-of-state hiking trip. After hiking up to Mount Charleston Peak in Las Vegas, I spent the night in Vegas and then drove to the Mahogany Flat Campground for a zero-day car camp. It was a nice campground -- no water but there was a clean restroom -- and we basically had the place to ourselves.

We got up early and hiked up to Telescope Peak. It was a class 1 hike on an easy-to-follow trail. About half of the elevation gain came in the first couple of miles. The next couple of miles or so were relatively flat, and then there was more elevation in the final push to the summit. There were lots of switchbacks heading up to the summit, so the hike wasn't as difficult as it otherwise would have been.

There were great views at the summit -- we could look down on Badwater Basin to the east and see Mount Whitney off to the west.

On the way back I did an off-trail hike up to Rogers Peak. I could have walked down a service road back to the TH, but decided just to drop back down to the trail and take it back to the TH.

I really enjoyed this hike and recommend it to a fit hiker willing to brave driving through Death Valley.

The dirt road up to Mahogany Flat Campground was well graded and was in much better condition than what I was expecting. A sedan could make it to the charcoal kilns, and might be able to make the uphill drive to the campground; in any event, 4WD was not needed.
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May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. -- Edward Abbey
average hiking speed 2.62 mph

WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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