Inspiration Point Trail

EASY 43 reviews

Inspiration Point Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Los Angeles, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.1 miles 376 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

wildlife

The Inspiration Loop Trail provides a great opportunity to leave the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles and quickly escape into the Santa Monica Mountains. Thanks to the generous gift of Betty Rogers we can learn about the importance of Will Rogers and share his love of nature and mankind. In addition to touring the historic Ranch House and learning why Will is regarded as one of the preeminent Americans of the 20th century, we can also experience the reason he chose to live in these gorgeous rambling mountains. Experience multiple unique vistas of the Los Angeles basin and Santa Monica Bay with clear day views of Catalina, Saddleback Peak, and Chino Hills. Connect to the Backbone Trail in Topanga State Park and get still better views and more exercise. The route taken includes two side trips to Inspiration Point and a portion of the Backbone Trail as far as the Chicken Ridge Bridge. The loop was a favorite of Will's and the visiting elite of early Hollywood. Will's Ranch became his refuge where he relaxed with family and friends while pursuing his favorite pastimes of riding and roping. When Will died in1935 in a tragic plane crash, the ranch consisted of a 31-room ranch house, stable, corrals, a riding ring, roping arena, a polo field, a small golf course, and several hiking/riding trails through the property. In 1944 Betty Rogers deeded the Ranch to California State Parks as a living memorial to Will and his tireless efforts in healing the hearts of a broken nation and eliminating suffering. Ranch House Tours: Tours of the Ranch House are offered Thursdays and Fridays, at 11 am, 1 pm, and 2 pm. Ranch House tours on Saturday and Sunday are given on the hour from 10 am to 4pm. You do not need a reservation to take a tour unless you have a group of 15 or more. School group and special group tours are available Thursdays and Fridays at 10 am. For more information contact the Park Interpretive Staff at (310) 454-8212, ext. 103. Equestrian Activities: The Will Rogers Polo Club plays polo each weekend from April to October. Riding lessons are available Monday through Saturday. See visit the park's destination page on this app for more information. Equestrians are welcome to bring their horses into the park for day-use, to enjoy the riding and roping arena, Sarah's Point, and the Inspiration Point Trail. On site is Will Rogers Trail Rides providing horse rental and guided trail rides on the trails of Will Rogers SHP. Guided trail rides are available every day except Mondays. Rides can be booked Tuesday through Fridays as can a private guided ride. Call (310) 662-3707 or go online at http://www.willrogerstrailrides.com for information. Hiking Trails: A moderate 2-mile loop trail to Inspiration Point Mre adventurous hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians can travel the Backbone Trail deeper into the Santa Monica Mountains, which can take you through Topanga SP and as far as Point Mugu. Ranch Tours: The Park Interpretive Staff offers tours of the ranch house and grounds. However, you and your family can enjoy many features of the park on your own. Visit the park's destination page with links to the official web page to download the Self-Guided Ranch Tour Card. Visitor Center: The visitor center is open daily 8:30AM to 4:30PM.. Picnic Area Located at the far end of the main parking lot, tables and BBQ grills are provided. Reservations are required when group size is 25 or more. Call (310) 454-8212 Ext.106 for reservation information. Wi-Fi Service: Will Rogers State Historic Park offers AT&T Wi-Fi Service. Access to the service is within a 250 foot range of the Ranger Station within in the Park.

14 days ago

14 days ago

Easy Family Hike. 35 minutes loop. Some beautiful views.

1 month ago

LOVE

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1 month ago

not a long hike but I loved the Ranch and Horses. The view at the top was worth the trip. Also make sure to look at the backs of the benches there are quotes worth reading.

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3 months ago

Fantastic trail, really easy for all levels, great for mountain biking and dogs.

3 months ago

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4 months ago

This was perfect for my family of novice and "less physical" hikers. The views were great (and there were plenty of rest stops with clean benches to rest and soak in the sights if interested). Views are from downtown LA to the coast and the Santa Monica mountains. The grade was gradual but enough to work up a sweat. The path was a fire road so nice and wide and relatively even (so no need to worry about ankle twisting). We went on a Monday late morning and ran into only a few people (including a few runners). Although the trail is used by horses, there was very little horse dung whch required careful navigation. Two miles around the loop. It could be a little better marked (since there are a few side trails/forks). Our family would highly recommend this trail for all types of explorers, especially beginners and those who are "less physical".

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4 months ago

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4 months ago

Nice Sunday morning hike. Great views of the LA basin and the Pacific. Wide trail makes it nice for the bike and equestrian traffic that is also on this trail. Will definitely be back. It's one of my regular stops.

4 months ago

5 months ago

5 months ago

Enjoyed it, but it gets a little crowded and noisy, but it's a decent walk with some great views.

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7 months ago

Thought it would be more of a hike and less of a walk. Its nice for the scenary but the many beer bottles ruins it a bit. Its great for the kids and getting them started on a healthy path of hiking and the outdoors.

7 months ago

not bad

7 months ago

1 1/2 yr old son & I did the trail today - his first. It's quick and not too difficult.

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8 months ago

Easy hiking trail. Great for beginners. super dog friendly!

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8 months ago

Decent, easy trail w/ good views on a clear day.

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9 months ago

Beautiful, short hike. Enough to get the breath going and clear the head. Parking is a scam.

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10 months ago

short easy, wide trail. Pet friendly!!! Parking costs a whooping $12. some parking can be found outside the park on the entry road.

10 months ago