Ascent of Mount Inspiration on 2016-10-25

Climber: David Comerzan

Date:Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Inspiration
    Elevation:5560 ft / 1694 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a private hike with George Christiansen, Pat Arredondo, and Miriam Khamis. These peaks were all in Joshua Tree National Park. It included one HPS peak and 6 Peakbagger bumps. The first hike was Keys View, Inspiration Peak and Mt. Inspiration. We entered the park through the West Entrance and drove to Keys View. Keys View is the vista view point south of the parking lot. We then followed the trail to Inspiration Peak, which is right off the trail, then on to Mt. Inspiration. Returned the same way. We found a map in a plastic sack on Inspiration Peak and a register and BM on Mt. Inspiration.
Next was Lela. We drove about 5 miles south on Geology Tour road and parked at a pullout. There was a 7mm at the pullout. We then headed due east towards Lela. The first mile was flat desert floor. We then started up a gully, keeping to the north side of the gully. We had no problems with rock or bush. At the top of the gully we headed toward a saddle, then northeast to Lela. We found a BM but no register. Returned the same way.
For Negro Hill, we followed Geology Tour road across the main road and drove about a mile to the intersection with Queen Valley road where we parked. We hiked northwest up the ridge to Negro Hill. We did not find any BM or register. Returned the same way.
Next were 2 BM’s right off the main road. We headed north on the main road to the turn for Split Rock. We turned north, drove about 100 yards and parked. From the parking spot, we head due east to the summit of Ruby BM. We found no BM or register. After Ruby, we returned to the main road, headed north to a parking spot for an exhibit. From the parking spot, we head northeast to the summit of Junction where we found a BM. Returned the same way.
8:20 am Depart.
8:22 am Keys View. 5193’
8:55 am Inspiration Peak. 5558’
9:20 am Mt. Inspiration 5560’+
10:00 am Car. 2 miles round trip, 750’ gain, 1 hour, 40 minutes.
10:40 am Depart. 3864’
12:05 pm Lela BM. 4720’+
1:30 pm Car. 4.25 miles round trip, 900’ gain, 2 hours, 50 minutes.
1:45 pm Depart. 4453’
2:15 pm Negro Hill 4875’
2:50 pm Car. 1.25 miles round trip, 400’ gain, 1 hour, 5 minutes.
3:00 pm Depart. 4200’
3:10 pm Ruby BM. 4351’
3:20 pm Car. 0.3 miles round trip, 100’ gain, 20 minutes.
3:30 pm Depart. 3650’
3:40 pm Junction BM 3747’
3:50 pm Car. 0.5 miles round trip, 120’ gain, 20 minutes.
Total for the day: 8.3 miles round trip, 2270’ gain, 6 hours, 15 minutes.

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