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Ascent of Telescope Peak on 2018-06-06

Climber: Jon Avery

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Telescope Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:11048 ft / 3367 m

Ascent Trip Report

I intended to make it to Mahogany Flat, but my Subaru had a bit of trouble with one section of the road. There were deep ruts and my wheels were starting to dig a bit. I probably could have gotten through it with better lines, but I decided against it. It was pretty narrow, and I didn't want to chance getting past it only to face worse conditions and not be able to turn around. So I backed out to the next turning point and drove back to Thorndike. I had the whole campground to myself, so that was nice. The next morning I was going to attempt to drive the rough section again, but I chickened out and parked off in a side slot from the road. This turned out to be the wrong decision, since the road flattened out again nicely after the rough section. Oh well, better safe than sorry.

The hike itself was pretty uneventful. 100% class 1 trail. Timed it at round trip 4 hrs 55 mins from Mahogany Flat, topping out in 3 hours, stopping for 20-30 minutes at the top, and lightly jogging down. Views were as incredible as advertised. Charleston, Whitney, and Williamson were all looking splendid.

Something of note was that it was around 50-55 degrees in the shade on the way up. Meanwhile, it was 111 on the valley floor. Crazy stuff.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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