Ascent of Inspiration Point on 2008-09-03

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Inspiration Point
    Elevation:5415 ft / 1650 m

Ascent Trip Report

From 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
    Total Elevation Gain:35 ft / 10 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Trailhead:5380 ft / 1639 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Time:4 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:4 Minutes

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