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26E

Mount Inspiration

5560'+

Location: Riverside County, about 17 miles southwest of Twentynine Palms, 149 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto ClubRiverside County
Park ServiceJoshua Tree National Park
USGS TopoKeys View 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
 Viewable JPG file - Approximately 350K
 GPX file or Google Earth KML file to download to GPS units and other map software (How to use GPX and KML files)
 Routes as shown on CalTopo using the above files (How to use CalTopo)

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(National Park Service Entrance Fee)
Distance: 2 miles round trip cross-country
Gain: 700'
Time: 1 1/2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy

Original: Warren E. von Pertz and Paul A. Lipsohn, November 1968

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • Take I-10 east past Banning to the intersection with SR 62.
  • Go north on SR 62 to the Park Road in the town of Joshua Tree with a sign "Joshua Tree National Park". Turn right.
  • Drive 16 miles on this road to the intersection with the Keys View Road. Turn right.
  • Continue 5.6 miles farther to the Keys View parking lot at the end of the road. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (5185'), hike up the ridge to the north, following a faint use trail to the first bump.
  • As you ascend, two other high points are visible to the west. The summit is behind the farthest of these. From the first summit, go west down into a saddle and, keeping to the right, go up past the rocky prominence on the second bump.
  • Continue up over the third summit and on to the main summit.

History of Summit Signature

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