Ascent to Mount Inspiration-First False Summit on 2010-09-26

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Duane Poslusny
Date:Sunday, September 26, 2010
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Mount Inspiration - First False Summit
    Elevation:5480 ft / 1670 m
    Remaining Elevation:80 ft / 24 m (20% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

After a great day of rock climbing at Hidden Valley, a 5.8 and a 5.9+, and dropping Aidan off in Victorville, we headed up to Inspiration Peak for a moonlight hike. Unfortunately, we only made it to the end of the trail on the first false summit. It didn't seem like a good idea to continue off trail to the summit in the darkness, so we headed back. It was a fun hike either way. In the daylight, this is a very easy hike. Maybe sometime soon...

A post-script:
Somebody went ahead and added Keys View to peakbagger. Why? Because they didn't get up this peak for whatever reason just like I didn't. Yes, Inspiration is an easy peak and I should be ashamed. But it is much less embarassing to log an attempt on the easiest peak in the park than to add a paved, zero prom, tourist overlook to 'bagger. I have been up Keys View dozens of times because I lived in nearby 29 Palms for almost 3 years and would do quarter century road bike rides up here with my buddy Rick after work once a week or so when the weather was nice. Even with all the physical exertion of riding from Jumbo Rock to Keys View(26 miles/ ~1k gain round trip), I never logged it. Why? I certainly put in some effort and I have no problem with drive-up peaks or bicycle peaks (I have plenty of both on my resume). It's because Keys View is not a freaking peak. So, go back in and delete your 'ascent' and I guarantee you will feel better about yourself.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:320 ft / 98 m
    Route:Inspiration Trail
    Trailhead:5160 ft / 1572 m

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