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    Mount Inspiration from the Coachella Valley

    Joshua Tree National Park, California

    Mount Inspiration from the Coachella Valley

    Mount Inspiration from the Coachella Valley Professional Guide

    Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

    "Any mountaineer who spends enough time in the Joshua Tree area will inevitably start to wonder about the steep south wall of the Little San Bernardino Mountains. From the Keys View overlook, an intricate maze of ridges and canyons seems to spiral down into the desert below. One of the classic cross-country adventures in this area is to climb Mount Inspiration the hard way, from the Coachella Valley. This demanding trip visits an old mine site and offers rugged, desolate beauty. Watch for bighorn sheep, which are known to haunt these seldom-visited slopes.

    Maps of this area are incomplete. The majority of miles on this trip follow an old mining road to a point just beneath Hidden Gold Mine. The Trails Illustrated map doesn’t show the road at all, and the Keys View topo represents the road as a trail ending long before the mine. Both maps place the mine too low in the canyon."

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    Trail Information

    Joshua Tree National Park
    Nearby City
    14
    Distance
    4,600 feet
    Elevation Gain
    Out-and-back
    Trail Type
    Difficult
    Skill Level
    9 hours
    Duration
    October–April
    Season
    Joshua Tree National Park
    Local Contacts
    Trails Illustrated Joshua Tree or USGS Keys View 7.5'
    Local Maps

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