National Geographic : 1954 Jun
819 Josef Muench Few U. S. Mountains Can Match the Steep Rise of Telescope Peak Masking foothills rob many high mountains of impressiveness. Not so with Telescope Peak (center): from its subsea-level base the great upsweep of the mountain can be seen to its full height of 11,045 feet. Nowhere else in the United States can one stand so low and look up so high to a summit. The peak wears its white cap late into May. Deserted mining camps hug the steep slopes; shimmering salt flats on the bed of an ancient glacial lake stud the basin floor below; gravel fans pour from canyon mouths.