Keys View Loop to Inspiration Point Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Desert Center, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.
Not to be missed, even by non-hikers. There is a generous parking lot and a cement walkway that allows access to several viewpoints. I have been there when the air quality was so bad that the view into the valley was greatly restricted. But after the rain and winds that hit the park this week, the view was the clearest we've ever seen.
If you do nothing else, check out the San Andreas fault, which is easily seen in the valley from the viewing platforms on a clear day.
Wonderful view of the valley, from Salton Sea to Mt Gogornio. Were there yesterday afternoon just before sunset, and were wowed by the ciew.
This is a fantistic view of the Salton Sea to the south east to the San Jacinto mountains in the west. Panoramic view of the Coachella-La Quinta-Rancho Mirage and Palm Springs. Worth the time driving there and camera shots.
If you want to get away from the crowds at Keys View this is perfect. The trail isn't marked anymore but you can find it pretty easily as it is well worn. Look towards the end of the parking lot (where the view is) on the opposite side that everyone walks up. You hike to the top of the hill, go down a saddle, and the next hill you climb is Inspiration Peak. It should be marked with some stacked rocks. You should have the peak to yourself.
the view is great and you can see mt. jacinto from here. this is the highest point in the park that you can drive to. Come here at sunset and you won't be dissapointed.