Ascent of Inspiration Point on 2008-09-03
|Date:||Wednesday, September 3, 2008|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||5415 ft / 1650 m|
Ascent Trip ReportFrom I-76 near its western terminus at I-70, I took exit 1B onto CO-95 (also known as Sheridan Blvd) and headed S. After 0.7 mile, just after the road tops out, I turned R into Inspiration Point Park. Immediately after the turn into the park, the road forks and I took the left fork through an open yellow gate with a sign stating that the park hours are 6 AM to 11 PM. After a couple hundred yards, I parked in the parking lot at the end of the road.
The summit is a long E-W ridge. The vegetation cover on the crest of the ridge is natural (native grass and scattered young ponderosa pines), bordered on the N and S sides by concrete walkways and mowed grass. The highest ground is near the east end of the ridge, perhaps inside a knee-high stone wall with a half dozen picnic tables, or perhaps west of that amid natural vegetation.
The park can also be approached from I-70 to the S. Take exit 271, and the park entrance is on the left just 0.1 mile N of the interchange.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||35 ft / 11 m|
| Distance:||0.2 mi / 0.3 km|
| Trailhead:||5380 ft / 1639 m|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail|
| Time Up:||4 Minutes|
| Time Down:||4 Minutes|
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