Keys View to Inspiration Peak

Twentynine Palms, California

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This short but rewarding hike leads you away from the crowds that gather at Keys View to a quiet peak in the Little San Bernardino Mountains. Inspiring vistas stretch from the Salton Sea in the south, past the San Jacinto and San Bernardino Mountains, and across the vast empty reaches of the Mojave Desert. Anyone who has ever been to Keys View, on the crest of the Little San Bernardino Mountains, knows how dramatic the aerial-like vista is. If you don’t mind doing a little walking, you can enjoy a vista equally as grand from Inspiration Peak, only a short distance northwest of Keys View, and you will likely have the peak to yourself. Choose a clear day for the hike from autumn through spring, since smog often obscures the view. Mornings are best—the smog usually thickens by afternoon.

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"This short but rewarding hike leads you away from the crowds that gather at Keys View to a quiet peak in the Little San Bernardino Mountains. Inspiring vistas stretch from the Salton Sea in the south, past the San Jacinto and San Bernardino Mountains, and across the vast empty reaches of the Mojave Desert. Anyone who has ever been to Keys View, on the crest of the Little San Bernardino Mountains, knows how dramatic the aerial-like vista is. If you don’t mind doing a little walking, you can enjoy a vista equally as grand from Inspiration Peak, only a short distance northwest of Keys View, and you will likely have the peak to yourself. Choose a clear day for the hike from autumn through spring, since smog often obscures the view. Mornings are best—the smog usually thickens by afternoon."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Twentynine Palms
Distance: 1.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Season: Best October through mid-May
Trailhead Elevation: 5,160 feet
Top Elevation: 5,560 feet
Local Contacts: Joshua Tree National Park
Local Maps: USGS Keys View

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Jun 2018