Enjoy the little things for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.
During Thanksgiving break, I had the extreme pleasure of meeting up with hiker friends, Drop n’ Roll and Wired to climb Telescope Peak in Death Valley National Park. Both friends were visiting Love Note and Burly’s abode in Lone Pine, CA. Many of you may remember these fun characters from my Continental Divide trek in summer of 2013.
Telescope Peak has been on my list to climb for several years. It is the tallest mountain in Death Valley and is a prominent peak viewed from the Sierras. The entire route is on trail with easy navigation.
The day was not only full of hiking, but also an abundance of trail talk, trip dreaming and planning, relationship analysis, and some shenanigans #streakthepeak. The summit offers sweeping views of Badwater and the High Sierras, which in itself is worth the climb. Just think… a bird’s-eye view of the lowest (in the Western Hemisphere) and highest (in the contiguous United States) in one neat spot.
To celebrate a great day, we headed over to soak in the sunset at Mesquite Dunes east of Stovepipe Wells.
It doesn’t get better than this. 🙂
TRIP DATE November 28, 2014
PEAK ELEVATION 11,049
LENGTH About 14 miles round trip
ELEVATION GAIN 2,916 feet
TRAIL HEAD Mahogany Flat campground (8,133′), last 2 miles up to the campground is on rough dirt road. High clearance vehicles are recommended.
DIFFICULTY Moderate on well-maintained trail
PERMIT None required
BEST TIME TO HIKE Spring and fall
LINKS Summit Post, Park Service, bird and hike.com
- Download GPX File
- Photos on Flickr
- For your entertainment view additional posts from this trip: Wired and Drop n’ Roll