Ascent of Telegraph Hill on 2012-05-19

Climber: Dean Molen

Others in Party:Kadee Smith
Greg Jagielski
Date:Saturday, May 19, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Telegraph Hill
    Elevation:10154 ft / 3094 m

Ascent Trip Report

Did this with Kadee and Greg from the Telegraph Canyon side (west). Started at 7950 snd followed ridge all the way to the summit where we found a register. More details will be posted on a summitpost page in the near future.

From Highway 93, leave the highway for the old mining town of Cherry Creek which is 8 paved miles to the west. Once in Cherry Creek, look for a road heading south out of town and take the best of the graded dirt roads which will head for a pass. Once through the pass, take the left fork which heads south and head for Telegraph Canyon. It was signed when I was there. Follow this road which didn't require 4WD or even high clearence although conditions could change. A carefully driven vehicle should be able to get to the corral area at the 7275 foot elevation. Stay left at the corral and head up a road that is now a bit less friendly and drive about one mile to a flat saddle area which is the trailhead. Elevation was about 7950. (nad 27 39.7302 114.8947) If you were to drive further, the road begins to drop and you need to avoid doing that. Greg and Kadee were able to car camp at the saddle area.
A faint track runs up the hill behind the parking area and heads toward the peak. Follow this as it ascends and eventually becomes an animal trail (wild horses most likely). Continue upward to a false summit (point 2933 on topo) and then you'll see the final and very wooded area that contains the summit. A rocky spine can be followed up to the summit or most of the rocky part can be bypassed on the northwest side. The summit contains a small cairn with a glass jar register and some nice views to the north, east and south. One spot on the rocky spine to the southwest might be the same height (near a claim marker) but we hit it just to be sure we got the highest spot)
Total distance was about two miles and 2200 feet of elevation gain.
A very easy hike from where we parked and other than a bit of a minor scramble at the very end, nothing worse than class 2 hiking.

Summitpost page for Telegraph Hill can be found at:

Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble

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