Category: Hiking

Telescope Peak Day 3

I forgot to finish this up. Sorry. I know that there have been a couple of you waiting very patiently for this. Oh, who am I kidding? Anyways, more pics and less words!

Marcus and I got up in the morning and made some coffee. We had planned on making some breakfast but started talking about the burritos in Trona. Well, it didn’t take long for us to decide that a burrito sounded pretty good and much less clean up to boot!

On the way out of the campground we stopped at the Wildrose Charcoal Kilns. They were built in 1877 and are still in great shape. They were built to make charcoal from Pinyon and Juniper Pine. The Charcoal was then taken to the mines in Death Valley 30 miles away.

They always remind me of something. Can’t quite put my finger on it though.
Charcoal Kilns and Four Wheel Camper


Charcoal Kiln

One more stop in Trona before home. Not a bad way to end this trip.

Trona scene

Yeah, we stood up on that peak. Until next time Death Valley.

Telescope Peak


Camp Food

After getting to the top of Telescope Peak Marcus made some amazing food for our post hike chow down. He had marinated some flat steak and had some potatoes and asparagus ready to go. I supplied the vintage Coleman stove and he did the work. We piled the potatoes on top of the meat and went to work shoveling food into our face. It was washed down with some Golden Road IPA. We even had a ton of extra meat, so we offered it to the other campers. 76 year old Carl had just walked back into camp after an 11 hour hike and he was greeted with some warm food. A great end to a great day.

I supplied the stove, Marcus made the dinner.

Flat steak with potatoes and asparagus. Amazing camp food.


Telescope Peak Day 2

Here is Day 2 of our trip out to Telescope Peak. Did you miss Day 1? Then click on over here and come back. See you then.


Ready? Rad. The night before we prepped our bags. In typical Errin fashion I carried a ton of crap. My bag was heavier than it needed to be. Tons of water, Nutella, a dozen tortillas, four camera lenses, first aid kit, map, compass, jacket, rain shell and slingshot. That’s just the stuff I can remember. Toilet paper wasn’t on the list. Glad I didn’t need it. I justified it by calling it training for an upcoming trip through Yosemite. One thing is clear though, pedalin’ many miles a week does not equate walkin’ many miles a day with weight on your back. I was wrecked by the end. I was never winded or tired, just sore and achin’. Especially my dogs.

Sunrise on Rogers Peak

The hike up to Telescope Peak starts at Mahogany Flat campground, which is at about 8,100 feet on a ridge overlooking Badwater Basin. Since we arrived at night we didn’t get a chance to pick a campsite with a view. However, it was somewhat secluded so it ended up being a good score. The trail climbs 3,000 feet to Telescope Peak high above Badwater Basin to the east and Panamint Valley to the west.



We woke up at 5:30 am with the plan of hittin’ the trail by 6:00am. I had to make coffee first, so we strolled out a little late, but it was worth it.

Mornin' Rituals

The trail climbs immediately and doesn’t stop for two miles. Then you have a mellow two miles with a slight downhill, and then a solid two mile climb to the peak. On the way back it’s all tough because it’s a two mile steep downhill, two mile climb and two more miles of downhill. The return was tougher in some ways.




The hike was worth it though. The views were spectacular with Mt. Whitney just barely visible through the haze. Marcus is planning to hike Whitney soon so he was gauging his fitness. Me, I was just hangin’ on and enjoying the day.




I packed a flask (Thanks Erik!) filled with some old Jack Daniels I had layin’ around. I’m not much of a drinker, but I thought it would be nice to enjoy a sip at the peak. A job well done kinda thing. Well, that stuff was some serious business and sent me reelin’. Of course, I had to take a couple more sips, you know, to work up a tolerance!




What a great way to spend your day. Good company high on top of a mountain in Death Valley. It’s all downhill from here.







Telescope Peak

These boots were bought in 1978 and still going strong.


Telescope Peak Day 1

A few weeks ago Marcus floated the idea to hike up to Telescope Peak in Death Valley. Death Valley has the lowest point in North America at Badwater, 282 below sea level, and just across the valley has one of nine ultra-prominent peaks in California, Telescope Peak.

I have been pedalin’ a ton, but I felt like I was in no shape for this. So instead of turning it down I reluctantly said yes. I knew I’d make it, but I knew it would be tough. We drove out from Los Angeles Friday afternoon, getting to the Trona area right as the sun was getting good. It dropped behind the mountains as we climbed out of Panamint Valley up to our campground. Not a bad way to end your work week if’n you ask me, which you didn’t.

Four Wheel Camper at the Trona Rocks

Trona Rocks

Looking up at Telescope Peak

Trona Wildrose road was closed due to flood damage.

Camping at Mahogany Flat


Inspiration Point Hike

Sunday I was joined by Bruce and Will for a hike up to Inspiration Point. I’ve hiked up to Echo Mtn many times, and I’ve pedaled to Inspiration Point, but I’ve never hiked up there. It’s no slouch of a hike and very rewarding.

The hike was about 11 miles long and we were able to make it a loop. Two sections of which I’d never hiked before. B-B-B-Bonus!T The weather was good. Bruce took a tumble and a pretty good size rattlesnake crossed the trail ahead of me. All in all, a pretty good day to be out on the trail. The training for Whitney continues!


Mt Lowe, Kinda

Serbrina and I hiked towards Mt Lowe from Eaton Saddle. Hiking through the tunnel and then up to the ridge. Boon was full of energy chasing all the lizards that he saw. We ran out of energy just short of the top and had to turn around. Boon was so tired that he had to hitch a ride back in the backpack. It’s a dogs life.






Mt. Whitney!

By sheer luck, that’s the only way to describe it I guess, I got a permit to climb Mt. Whitney this summer! I can’t believe it! I’ve wanted to do this for a very long time. My Pops has done it, I’m pretty sure my Aunt has done it so now it’s my turn. Stoked just does not cover it. Super Stoked? Yeah, that’s better.

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Grizzly Flat Road

Serbrina and I headed out for a hike on Sunday. We went to an area that neither one of us had ever been to. We had no idea what to expect, but with our new map reading skills, we were good to go. The trail starts out pretty steep and gets up to the ridge pretty quickly. Once up there, the trail mellows out, but the views only get better and better.

We only hiked up to the intersection with the road. I tired her out pretty quick so that was our turn around point. I pulled out the foam pad so we could sit and relax for a while. It was nice sitting there, just the two of us. We didn’t see any other people up there all day. It was perfect.

Grizzly Flat

Map and Compass Class!

This weekend Serbrina and I took the Map and Compass Class that REI puts on. I’ve been wanting to take this class for a long time. I was pretty stoked that Serbrina would even consider joining me for this.

The class was very informative, and even though I had a good handle on map and compass I did pick up a few things. I wish they had a more advanced class, maybe something longer or out on a trail. I guess not too many people geek out over maps though.



After the class we saw the fire just below Chantry Flats. I think it’s under control now. First one of the season I guess.


Best part of the class was the instructor told me about Since the stores don’t carry a selection of large topo maps anymore, you can get them online. Now I can print out any map that I want from home, which is pretty, pretty sweet.


Oh, and this ended up on my iPhone, what a surprise. I wonder who’s responsible?