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great trail, definitely will come back to run..

hiking
2 days ago

Moderate climb to a steady hike. Quite busy. Go early!

The views were absolutely gorgeous! You can see all of LA! Breathtaking truly! Don’t miss out. It’s mostly uphill so it’s def a great workout. I ran pretty much the entire thing. Make sure you’re wearing gripped shoes cause on the way down there are a lot of rocks you can slip on!! Just be careful and enjoy!!!

We do this hike often...we take the main Burma Trail Road and offskirt on the many different trails along the way to give ourselves a different hike each time...they all lead back to the main path at some point or another. We end at Portuguese Bend and turn around and it ends up being about 5 miles more or less. Really great workout with a lot of ups and downs. Dog-friendly although you will come across horses on this trail so make sure your pup is okay with that. Not much shade at all so bring a lot of water! Really gorgeous views. We love coming here in the springtime when the wild flowers are CRAZY beautiful! If you go in the summer, go early as it gets really warm. Check El Cerro Park for parking first, otherwise you’ll have to find a spot on the road. There are portajohns within the first quarter mile or so.

It was a scenic walk with clear views of Catalina island and a calm ocean. I took the Paint Brush trail section and found a “Trail closed” sign about halfway through it. I only had about a third of a mile to go to connect to the next trail so I took a chance and proceeded since the trail looked well used even though it was closed. Luckily I brought a walking pole that was helpful to get down the steep parts with loose shale rocks. The pole also came handy going down the steep part before the rocky beach. The trail has you walk next to Palos Verdes Dr where the road is hilly and wavy due to the unstable ground. It was interesting to see cracks and holes in the ground due to the earth slowly sliding into the ocean. I took a nice break on the beach before heading back up. My tracking device said it was 3.4 mi down to the bottom and took 1.5 hrs. It took about 1:45 to go walk back to my car at the top of Crenshaw.

We started this hike a bit too late in the day so we ended up only doing portion of what we expected to. The scenery here was amazing the best I have seen in California so far however I have only been here a very short time. The beginning of the hike was on a wide trail for horses and potentially even vehicles so although the scenery was amazing there the trail was uneventful. But as we continued the trail God very interesting and at one point we had an area where the trail was closed but we decided to take a shot at it. That section was very steep and not very solid so a bit slippery going down. On the return part of the trip we cut across on a wide trail as well where there were mountain bikers and it was great scenery but not very adventurous of the trail. Overall this was a great hike however next time I would stick to the trail provided by all trails instead of modifying it for my time constraints. But again the scenery was amazing. Great trail to go with a dog.

Nothing much to see and many people. Still a nice easy hike!

indeed a very hard hike. it is actually 3.6 miles one way so 7.2 miles overall. lots of lizards but didn't spot any snakes. view from the top is good

hiking
29 days ago

This is my go-to hike when I want a quick but tough workout. It takes me between 50min-1 hour to get from parking lot to the peak (summer heat + doggies wanting breaks makes it take an hour).

There is no shade along the way so plan accordingly. In the summer, it can get brutally hot so pack extra (cold) water and leave the dogs at home if it's really hot because it's too much for their paws.

You can go back down from where you came OR you can go down Stough Canyon to avoid the steep steps down. Ouch for the knees! Yes, it does take quite a bit longer to go down Stough (and then along the golf course back to parking lot) but it's worth it for the gradual descent, in my opinion.

Great hike!

1 month ago

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on Vital Link Trail

1 month ago

Booty blast for sure. Cool views. Fun to run down.

Good hike great view. I dropped a small bag with my python hammock straps - if anyone finds it holler back :(

Steady incline and amazing views of the ocean! Not very shaded but good for an overcast day

this was a really nice hike but it's a fire Road most of the way but the views from Inspiration Point are something special and it was 8 miles round-trip and we saw a bobcat

If you want a adventures hike take the Castle Canyon trail up to inspiration point. It was challenging but a shaded trail with great views. We took the Sam Merrill trail down. It was a nice trail covered by trees at first but then it was switchbacks and full sun exposure until the end of the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Difficult, yet approachable. Steep, but manageable. Great view! Will definitely be back.

Consider making this hike a loop by continuing past Jones Peak down the Connection Trail to the Mt. Wilson Trail and back to the town of Sierra Madre.

Good hike. But the first part (Sam Merrill Trail) to get to inspiration Pt is very highly trafficked. Inspiration Pt trail is super steep but a good workout. It was overcast so couldn’t really see much. Lots of rocks going up and down. Overall good one.

Great variety of trails with beautiful views.

Love finally getting to Eagle Rock peak to enjoy and take in the fantastic views.

This has a fantastic view and perfect for a one-day workout

Many options of trails with beautiful views.

Nice moderate loop trail for early morning or late afternoon. Otherwise it would be very hot (not a lot of shade during the first, uphill, part of the hike if you go clockwise). Beautiful views on the way up. Lovely cool forest on the way down. Busy but not jammed on a Saturday afternoon. Parking is $10 (pay at the machine in the parking lot).

trail running
1 month ago

I recommend doing it counter clockwise. East side of the trail inclines slower and has a lot of shade in the morning, but also a lot of rocks. West side is nice smooth dirt trail but more exposed to the sun. So it makes sense to go up slower in the shady but rocky trial and coming down quicker on the smooth but expose part. Overall a beautiful trail with some shade.

Clocked in about 5.6 miles on this one. Beautiful views on this trail, similar to other trails in the area. Starts out with a good incline for about 1.5 miles then somewhat levels out until you hit the summit (past the bathroom/trash cans). There are a couple of benches at the summit to enjoy the view of the coast and downtown. The trail itself is fairly wide, and very exposed with little to no shade. This is a popular local trail so it's heavily trafficked, and as traildummies.com says: "like the 405 - it is so crowded nobody expects you to talk to them." Parking is on the residential street only, I was able to find plenty of open parking on a Sunday morning, but I heard it gets pretty hard to find parking on the weekends.

So close to Santa Monica and lovely hike.

Hiked during 95 Degree weather and oh boy was it hot. Saw about a thousand lizards on my way up. No snakes. When I reached the summit, there is a bench with fields of plants. Dozens of giant butterflies we're flying all around me, it was quite majestic.

Overall pretty hike- but two of the trails on this particular route are closed. If you truly follow it - you make your way through area of very loose soil on the RIM trail and the second closure is close to the cliffs/ water. That piece of the trail is completely blocked and no one can enter. All elevation is at the end (as the information shows).

I love inspiration point I will return a million times more, I feel a divine inner peace

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