Was camped off of Hwy 14 on the Last Chance Canyon Road. Drove all of the way out to follow the HPS #1 route and then back (about 50 miles). Realized as I was coming back that the road I camped on was the same one I drove to Colorado Camp. Could have saved a lot of mileage (but probably not the time).
Beautiful short cross-country hike to the crater and summit from the south side. We drove the rough dirt road in Mesquite Canyon pretty far up to the rain collector. The total elevation gain to the summit from that point was about 1,300 feet. Gorgeous views from the summit to the Southern Sierras, the Panamints, and over the Mojave.
"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race."