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I Plan on hiking the high elevation areas of Death Valley. (Telescope Peak and others). The weekend of December 20th.
Has anyone been there recently ? Snow levels?

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The Death Valley morning report is a good information source. A number of park roads are closed due to snow and ice fwiw.


http://www.nps.gov/deva....=439529

As well as their FB on roads

https://www.facebook.com/DeathValleyRoadConditions
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Charlie Callaghan is a ranger there who is well worth checking in with, knows the backcountry well.

Myself, I'd want ice axe, crampons, and would expect full on winter mountaineering on Telescope Peak. Many parts of the "standard" route, (i.e. near the trail) may be somewhat moderate but the summit cone could be a bad place to stumble. I hiked (dry) to the summit, summit ridge, in Oct. a few years back.

Luck with it. Let us know how it goes. Pyramid has a rep for a great view but no trail, somewhat demanding route finding, scrambling. Ridge walking north from Dante's View is easy, memorable.
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Thanks for the help so far. I called the park using phone but it only has automated messages. I e-mailed about campground closures that were stated on web page, they e-mailed me back a day latter stating one of them had re-opened.
the two highest elevation campgrounds are closed because of snow is whats stated. but I still wonder if there really is that much snow at 7400 feet as we have not had much precept this year yet. and temps have been warm.
We have mountaineering gear and I made a topo map route to telescope peak.
Still hoping someone has been in this area lately and will post.
" Happy trails "
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Only other thing maybe worth mentioning is that as the Telescope Peak trail leaves Mahogany Flats it does a sidehill traverse of an east facing slope. The top of the spur ridge just to the west may be a better "winter" route. Later, past the radio tower, it is a mellow plateau until the last climb.

Edit: have you scanned for a DV centered website/hiker chat board? Alternatively the Desert Peaks section of the Sierra Club may be a place to check. Somewhere there's a network . .
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Thanks for the help so far. I called the park using phone but it only has automated messages. I e-mailed about campground closures that were stated on web page, they e-mailed me back a day latter stating one of them had re-opened.
the two highest elevation campgrounds are closed because of snow is whats stated. but I still wonder if there really is that much snow at 7400 feet as we have not had much precept this year yet. and temps have been warm.
We have mountaineering gear and I made a topo map route to telescope peak.
Still hoping someone has been in this area lately and will post.
" Happy trails "

I can say that the eastern Mojave got quite a bit of precip this year already. There was definitely snow on TUCKI MOUNTAIN just a couple short weeks ago.

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