This peak is #7 in Prominence List for California .Telescope Peak is the highest point in the Panamint Mountains on the west side of Death Valley. A trail from the north leads to the summit. The elevation difference between the lowest point in Death Valley (-86 m) to the top of Telescope Peak (3367 m) is an incredible 3453 m.
In summer it is just a long day hike up the ridge. In winter, it is always snow capped and the park guidebooks say sometimes crampons and ice axe are needed.
Hiking Telescope Peak by the normal route involves a 14 miles (23 km) round trip hike. The trail starts in the western part of Death Valley National Park at Mahogany Flat campground. The trail slowly winds itself up to the summit 7 miles (11 km) later at a steady gradient of roughly 8%. The standard route is maintained by the National Park Service, and no permit is required to climb the mountain. This route leaves directly from the Mahogany Flat Campground, and travels approximately two miles to Arcane Meadows. From Arcane Meadows, the trail winds five more miles gradually up toward Telescope Peak, mostly following the ridgeline to the summit.