Please submit any useful information about climbing Telescope Peak that may be useful to other climbers. Consider things such as access and accommodation at the base of Telescope Peak, as well as the logistics of climbing to the summit.
April 9, Gate open at the kilns, road passable with high clearance vehicle. Snow level 10,000 ft, crampons required. Use trail open, switchbacks covered in snow. Snow icy in the morning and in shade areas.
On 2/8/16 it was cold enough at the peak that my water bottle froze in under half an hour after pulling it out of my pack. This is in contrast to the ~38 degree weather that Mountain-forecast projected for the day. There was enough snow and ice to need crampons / ice axe. Gusts of wind felt stronger than 20mph.
I hiked from Shorty's Well at -240 ft to the peak. Snow started around 5,000 or 6,000 feet, and was up to waist deep in drifts along the ridge near the peak, with most of the peak having ~2ft of snow.