Inspiration Point is a 5.7 mile out and back trail located near Scottsdale, Arizona that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length5.7 miElevation gain1,092 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingRunningViewsRockyNo shade
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Kathy Krasenics
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Beautiful for sunsets

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Alvin Tamura
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Very nice.

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Lisa Habeeb
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Hiking

Awesome hike Great workout intervals!

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Mahesh Krishnan
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Awesome trail. Opens only at 5.45am

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Eric Labourdette
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Melody Hulse
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Hiking

Not really a point, just a flatter lookout area to see Tom’s Thumb from this side of the mountain. Nice hike though. More incline the last half mile.

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Karen Pierce
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Nice hike. No shade. Great elevation gain. Bathrooms at trailhead.

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Laura McEntyre
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Joshua Lawton
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Mitch Decker
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Karl Schnell
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Chuck Guy
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Great

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Craig Keenan
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Chicku Mohan
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uphill hiking towards the end ! as a beginner and not so fit person it was pretty difficult ! view is good.carry plenty of water ! very rocky place . would recommend a good pair of hiking shoes. pretty crowded place

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Brittany Seroy
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Beautiful day! Less crowded than the other trails.

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Allison Johnson
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Very rocky, definitely being good shoes! The pointe was less inspirational than I was hoping but a good hike still.

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Bill Buros
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good hike, more uphill near the end point of Inspiration Point. Gorgeous views at that point, you can see Tom's Thumb which is another 3 miles away. Lots of people by midmorning Saturday morning, which isn't really a surprise. Already warm, 80's by 10:30am. As usual, bright sun, bring lots of water.

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a BigCalFan
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Too crowded on the lower half this morning

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Mark Levinson
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Great hike. Getting a little warm, but 1 liter was enough early in the am. Good views and nice people. Had a wonderful morning.

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AllTrails User
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Mark Thomey
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Great pit and back trail

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Michael Bechtholdt
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Great Hike! Good steady climb to the thumb. Make sure you bring plenty of water it's starting to heat up.

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Pamela Poetker
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Like all trails in the valley, it’s pretty busy at the beginning, but once you get out further, the traffic dies down. Steady incline the whole way with a few steep climbs. You can take this trail beyond Inspiration Point to Tom’s Thumb, but it is a haul. Be sure to bring plenty of water because there’s almost no shade. Even in February, it’s easy to end up with heat exhaustion. Stay safe happy hikers!

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Jake drennen
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Megan Thompson
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The first stretch til you veer left can get a bit crowed but once you’re about 2 miles in the traffic dies down a lot. It is a bit rocky but a nice steady climb with some good views.

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Marci Logan
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The pictures are misleading- someone posted Tom’s Thumb and other pictures that do not feature this trail. The end I found to be very un-inspirational ... decent workout, but nothing to write home about. Wouldn’t do this hike again. If you’re looking for something with a view or ‘wow’ factor... this isn’t it.

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Mark Wireman
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Nice hike with a good view of Tom's Thumb from a distance.

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MaryEllen Candra
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All in all a very nice hike, but this is a very rocky point in the McDowells. If you are not comfortable with a lot of loose rock, there are other trails in the preserve. 

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Chelsea Wolff
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Hiking

If you’re trying to avoid people do not hike Gateway trailhead on the weekend. The hike is a great workout, steady incline the entire time.

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