Ascent of Telescope Peak on 1946-06-02
|Others in Party:||David McCarthy|
Henry Greenhood (leader)
and others for a total of 17----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Sunday, June 2, 1946|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||11048 ft / 3367 m|
Ascent Trip ReportMet 22 Sierra Clubbers for lunch at Panamint Springs, where we got a report from Harry Paley, Freda Walbrecht, Niles and Louise Werner, Henry Greenhood, and Parker Severson on their successful ascent of Boundary Peak yesterday, Then across Panamint Valley and up Wildrose Canyon Rd, with stops at the Death Valley National Monument entrance and Wildrose Station to cool the cars. I couldn't quite cover the steep 12 miles from the station to Mahogany Flats in my 1939 Dodge coup. I passed by the Kilns and Thorndyke's ok, but half a mile below camp, my overworked Dodge refused to climb any farther. Two other cars couldn't make the final grade either. So we shouldered our equipment and hiked the remaining stretch to the campsite. While David returned to the car to carry up our water, I made a crude fire and even cruder dinner. After dinner we all gathered around the campfire circle until drifting off to bed around 11:00P. We began to stir at 4:30A, and at 6:00A started the 7-mile hike to Telescope Peak, led by Henry Greenhood at a modest pace. At Arcane Meadows on the slopes of Baldy Peak we observed 10 wild burros, which surprised us with their agility, At 10:05A we finished the last stretch and were on top. Our large group spent a good hour chatting, reading the register, marveling at the great views, and snacking. On the return we followed the ridge until hitting the trail just south of Baldy, which I climbed alone. There was a small summit rock pile but no register. We broke camp about 2:00P, and thanks to Jean Weeks and her sister Kitchie Coleman got a ride down to my car with our stuff. We all started home across the scorching desert to Trona, Red Mountain, and Randsburg. Home at 10:15P. Another wonderful DPS trip and my completion of the Desert Peaks List.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||3200 ft / 975 m|
| Distance:||14 mi / 22.5 km|
| Route:||Telescope Peak Trail|
| Trailhead:||Mahogany Flats C.G. 7848 ft / 2392 m|
| Grade/Class:||Class 1|
| Quality:||4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Open Country|
| Weather:||Good, clear, light breeze|
| Time Up:||4 Hours |
| Time Down:||2 Hours |
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