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Overall a good hike. The first half is very repetitive and offers a great view, but just a single one. On the way back, more cover, more vegetation and quite a few deer. San Nicolas Island was visible from the top - 125km away! Finished the hike after sunset, the night view over LA is breathtaking.

Very beautiful views the whole way and a fun scramble right at the end, worth the effort!

It was a difficult trail but every steps we took worth the spectacular view.

Trail was pretty difficult but it was a great workout and the views were beautiful

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail,gorgeous views. Watch out for bikers from Echo mountain to Inspiration point.

walking
2 months ago

Walked 3 miles in. Beautiful sounds from the river throughout the walk. Would have been perfect with a bike.

Great hike, close to town but get you high into the mountains for great views to Catalina to the Rose Bowl. It can be hot on warm day but quickly climbs into the cooler mountains. Plenty of parking, even on weekends. Our hike to Inspiration Point stops by the site of Echo Mountain and the Mount Lowe Railway where you can see the remains of the machinery for the incline and foundations of the resort. Ring the bell on Echo Mountain and shout into the Megaphone and hear your echo come back from the nearby mountains.

My dog rates this 6/5

Tough as hell. Lots of rock climbing, but so worth it once at the top.

I think we accidentally ended up on the "mountaineers route" that Carola mentions below--but it seemed like the only route up. The last .25-.5 miles is a steep but fun scramble. Nothing too dangerous, but not for those afraid of heights. Bring bugspray, the bugs were a nuisance.

My GPS put this at closer to 7miles and 3000ft.

Definitely go in the morning. Breaking right to go up was super nice!

This has become my new favorite hike. Great views, moderate exercise and even a bit of LA history thrown in for good measure. The hike starts in Altadena. You can street park for free on Lake Ave near the entrance until 10pm. If you plan to make it a nighttime hike, then just going outside the signage on the street a few blocks will mean you can stay out longer. (Nighttime is spectacular by the way, and permitted here if I read other hike reviews correctly. The nightlife comes out, there are fewer hikers and the views of LA lights are majestic - just bring a headlamp and warm clothes obviously.) Inspiration Point itself is a rock structure located on the saddle of the Lowe ridge. It features "telescopes" (really just pipes you can look through) that are aimed at particular landmarks across LA county. Be sure to check out Echo Mountain if you have a chance, which is located about halfway up the mountain. It features the scattered concrete remains of a famous household and train tracks that resided there early last century. The hike to echo Mountain is more populated. During the day you'll pass quite a few people. The hike from there to inspiration point is much more sparse. This is a 3000 ft elevation climb so bring plenty of water and snacks to eat at the point itself which also has picnic tables for anyone to use.

beautiful views throughout. the first part of the hike can be done at night to see the lights of the valley underneath. it's especially stunning around the holidays. be careful on your way back down. I wouldn't try to run this. with the foot traffic and the slightly steep terrain you might tumble.

This was my second time on this exact same path, and it was great. The first time, I didn't have enough water, and I wasn't cardio fit, but did complete it with much longer time needed to complete this. This time around, with improved cardio I did this hike in less than 50% off from my first hike. Just remember to take lots of water, 3 litters and up. I took 4 litters but used only 3 litters this time. I will go back and do this, but will do the reverse loop this time. Same path, but going up and coming down clockwise. It's easier going up to Inspiration Point counter clockwise, but I'll be doing the clockwise loop in the next few weeks.

Nice out and back hike on the PCT with fantastic views along the way!

Great hike. I'd go up Sam Merrill, come down Castle Canyon. The canyon is pretty steep. But overall an amazingly varied hike with even a bonus water cross in Castle Canyon on the way down. More people at Inspiration Point than I would have predicted. Still good flowers, particularly higher up.

hiking
9 months ago

One of the best hikes I've completed in socal.

backpacking
Friday, January 06, 2017

This is an easy trail which also happens to be a segment of the PCT. At the bottom of this trail segment is a falls in the creek that trickles even during the summer in drought years. It is a good place to replenish water if you have a filter. The Cooper Canyon Trail camp is well equipped with pit toilets, picnic tables and stoves. To get down to the falls involves a scramble down the bank with the assistance of an existing rope. A fit person could probably do it without the rope, but some may not be able to do it even with the rope, especially if you have a fear of falling. I did this trail as a Boy Scout backpacking weekend. We also saw families with young children. Its a good easy route.

hiking
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Beautiful, but strenuous trail with some scrambling on the mountaineers route. Changing landscape around every corner. You will be surrounded by the high desert and when turning to the shadow site, you will find yourself in a beautiful meadow followed with huge pine trees. Worth every effort!

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