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We are heading to Inspiration Point. We will hike the Lower Sam Merrill Trail to Echo Mountain and then the Castle Canyon Trail to Inspiration Point. We will return from Inspiration Point via the Upper Sam Merrill Trail to the Lower Sam Merrill Trail. Total hiking mileage is 10.2 miles with 2,700 feet of elevation gain.
Meet at the Trailhead which is at the top of Lake Avenue at Alta Loma. This is the same trailhead as for Echo Mountain.
Reduce the weight in your packs a bit as we are extending the distance. Try for 30 pounds. Use you Philmont backpack and hiking boots.
Remember to eat breakfast, try for 500 calories and 1/2 liter of water.
If you cannot attend this hike, try it on a different schedule this weekend.