Tag: Hiking

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.


Echo Mtn. Hike

While up in the Sierras one of my boots came apart. I picked up some replacements and needed to break them in. I hadn’t been up to Echo Mtn in a very long time so I thought that would be a great destination. The history of Echo Mtn. has always fascinated me. As a kid we’d hike up there and I’d try to imagine what it was like up there. Now, there are photos and historical markers to help you visualize what was up there.

The hike is short, but it’s pretty steep in spots with many switchbacks. I still managed to make it in about an hour. I passed quite a few people that were having a tough time. Here’s the GPS info.

Echo Mtn. Hike

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Now for the pics. When I got there it was very hazy. I was climbing in the clouds until about 2400 feet. After that the sun was out and it was a beautiful day.
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Sun starting to appear.
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Some of the machinery left at the top.
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All the way down I chatted with a hiker that was heading to Mineral King in Sequoia for a few days. We made it down in no time. However, I did notice that the trail was very busy when we were descending, about 9am. Trail etiquette was not very good with the latecomers so be warned. Not many people yielding and the occasional mountain biker on the trail as well. There is not much shade on this trail, so it’s better early in the morning. It still remains a favorite and the boots seem to be working ok. Next time I’ll head up to Inspiration Point.