Ascent of Telescope Peak on 1946-06-02

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Others in Party:David McCarthy
Henry Greenhood (leader)
Niles Werner
Louise Werner
Harry Paley
Parker Severson
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
Peak:Telescope Peak
    Elevation:11048 ft / 3367 m

Ascent Trip Report

Met 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
    Total Elevation Gain:3200 ft / 975 m
    Round-Trip 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
Ascent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 

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