Telescope Peak

Elevation (feet): 11,049
Elevation (meters): 3,368
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Great Basin Ranges
State: California
Latitude: 36.1667
Longitude: -117.083
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Mar, Apr, May, Oct, Nov
Nearest major airport: Las Vegas
Convenient Center: Furnace Creek

Thanks to Eric DeVroeg for adding this peak.

Telescope Peak is the sentinel which overlooks Death Valley. Ancient bristlecone pines are scattered across its upper slopes, above the 10,000' level. Because the floor of Death Valley is below sea level and the summit rises above 11,000', this peak features one of the most extreme continuous elevation gains from base-to-summit of any mountain in the lower 48 states.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 19 trip reports for Telescope Peak.

Select any entry from the list below:

  • Log #20686 - by Caglow on Mar 08, 2007
    Very nice climb. Few people encountered.
  • Log #18757 - by Ed Jones on Feb 14, 2006
    Fantastic scenery! The photographs posted on my website speak a thousand words. This mountain is one reason I relocated to the Sierras. Ed
  • Log #12844 - by John Ridge on Sep 15, 2004
    Left Las Vegas at 4:30 AM hoping to reach the trailhead at 7:30 AM. Was very suprised to see the main road into Death Valley closed due to flash floods two weeks before. I detoured around through...
  • Log #12845 - by Christy on May 17, 2004
    May 14-16, 2004: Dave and I drove down from Galt (near Sacramento) on Friday in a Subaru Legacy. Made the 9 miles easily on the unpaved road from Wildrose Campground, to Mahogany Flat Campground and...
  • Log #12846 - by orian price on Dec 09, 2003
    nice walk, good view of whitney from the top
  • Log #12847 - by Bill Weiss on Oct 21, 2003
    Wish I'd discovered this site sooner! I stayed the night at Mahogany Flats and started out at first light in clear, almost mild, weather. The views along most of the hike are just huge; aside from...
  • Log #12848 - by Tapeworm and Young Jedi on Aug 19, 2003
    Drove to Mahogany Flat and started on the trail head before sunrise at 0520. Moon provided sufficient light. Sunrise over Death Valley was spectacular. A little cool in only shorts and T-shirts until...
  • Log #12849 - by Tim Benzedrine on June 18, 2003
    Stayed at Mahogany Flats CG the night before. Great views in the twilight. Good breezes. Alas, no water unless you hauled it in.
  • Log #12850 - by Joy on Nov 27, 2002
    "What were we doing in Death Valley in August???? To escape the 120° temps of the valley and to acclimatize ourselves for Mt. Whitney 2 days later, we decided to tackle Telescope. It was a beautiful...
  • Log #12851 - by Paul Fenwick on Nov 21, 2002
    Could not ask for better weather and clearer visibility. The eastern sides of the mountains (trail up) were warm and sunny, western faces had a cool stiff breeze. The hike is easy, but the trail is...
  • Log #12852 - by Kevin Donaldson on Jan 21, 2002
    Left just before sunrise with my friend Rick Casey, only to see our summit shrowded in a growing clouds, as we moved upwards. We pushed on and summitted through very high winds along the ridge lines....
  • Log #12853 - by Joe Garza on Dec 23, 2001
    Started the hike on a cold but calm morning at sunrise. Did not see another human soul on the whole trip. Just after starting the traverse after the sustained elevation gain I was startled by a herd...
  • Log #12854 - by Ed Jones on Dec 22, 2001
    Where's the Telescope? After 7 trips up, I still have not answered that one. This trip was perhaps my best so far. For the first time ever, I ascended from sea level to 11,049 ft with no...
  • Log #12855 - by Robert D. O'Keefe on Apr 19, 2001
    I could not think of a better way to close the chapter on my 20th Century hikes.
  • Log #12856 - by Kelly Harriger on Apr 18, 2001
    Party of three (me, Brendan Shepherd, Jon Chandonnet) reached the summit early afternoon on the 18th after a 3.5 hour hike from the parking lot. Pitched our tent on the ridge so we could catch sunset...
  • Log #12857 - by Kelly Harriger on Apr 18, 2001
    Party of three (me, Brendan Shepherd, Jon Chandonnet) reached the summit early afternoon on the 18th after a 3.5 hour hike from the parking lot. Pitched our tent on the ridge so we could catch sunset...
  • Log #12859 - by Kelly Harriger on Apr 18, 2001
    Party of three (me, Brendan Shepherd, Jon Chandonnet) reached the summit early afternoon on the 18th after a 4 hour hike from the parking lot. Pitched our tent on the ridge so we could catch sunset...
  • Log #12860 - by Bryan E Couch on Jan 18, 2001
    Great peak to climb, and the camping at the trail head was great. Nice tral all the way to the top and the view is hard to beat made the climb solo and did it from the trailhead to the top (7 miles)...
  • Log #12861 - by Scott Surgent on Feb 23, 2000
    Well it only took me 8.5 years to sign in on this page! Telescope Peak was my first major peak ascent. An awesome hike in beautiful weather (overlooking Death Valley's 120+ F temps). Caught the...