Inspiration Point View Hike


A great view hike in the lower San Gabriel mountains to incredible vistas, forested mountain canyons, historical landmarks and more. The trail crosses a flood control area and begins zigzagging its way up the southwest base of Echo Mountain. This section of the trail is very heavily-traveled, but is in excellent shape. Once you reach the top of Echo Mountain, you can divert your journey a quarter mile and enjoy the history and view or continue on up the Castle Canyon trail. There are several choices for split-off trails.

Make sure you choose the Castle Canyon trail and not the Sam Merrill trail.

The Sam Merrill trail would make the journey a nice lollipop loop, but the trail has been overrun with mountain bikers heading down hill at break-neck speeds. Once at the top of Inspiration Point (aka. Muir Peak), you will be treated to one of the best views around of the Los Angeles basin.

  • Highlights: Sweeping views of Los Angeles basin, historical landmarks
  • Near: Altadena, CA
  • Distance: 9.5 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 2700 ft
  • Hike Time: 5 hours
  • Difficulty: 7/10
  • Trail Condition: well maintained trail
  • Parking – easy parking with few restrictions
  • Best Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
  • Dog Friendly: Yes
  • Kid Friendly: Yes
  • GPX Download File: >>CLICK HERE<<

Getting to the Trail head:

From Los Angeles – 110 fwy (north) to California Av. (right) to Lake Av. (left) to end of road (trail head).

Google Map Link

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Trail Detail Map

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Trail Profile

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