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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.

Length 5.7 mi Elevation gain 1,092 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Running

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Rocky

No shade

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Regina Di Salvo
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Hiking

A bit of a misnomer as the spot marked inspiration point wasn’t even the best view on that trail, but there was a nice shaded bench to catch your breath on. Too rocky for running, and almost all the incline came in the last half mile before the turn around.

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Christopher Ogan
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HikingNo shade

Hiked yesterday starting at 13:30. Hot, no shade and no bugs. Beautiful trail. Well marked. A few spots are a little harder, but none are difficult. There is a bench at the end. Sit and enjoy the view.

Jomar Reschreiter
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Hiking

Not much traffic after the gateway loop turn. Amazing views and very quiet.

Rich Roe
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Hiking

In May we experienced lots of flies. Not biting but very annoying. While the trail was well maintained, well marked and scenic, the “inspiration point” was not so inspiring. More of a slight turn-off from the trail. Would rather have stopped at a more dramatic place.

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Alex J.
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Hiking

Great trail, challenging at parts but not too difficult. Bring plenty of water. Trail is very well marked. Tons of bugs for some reason? I wore bug spray and it didn’t help.

Andrea Garza
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Frank D.
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HikingBugs

We did the west side of the trail out and back. 8.2 miles. Spectacular saguaro forest and well-maintained trail.

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Ed Martin
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HikingRocky

Simple out and back, partly on Gateway Loop and Windgate Pass, with up and down sections of the gradual climb

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Nicky O
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To be honest, I was really disappointed. I was looking for and expecting a moderate hiking trail, to me that means a workout, one that is a lil difficult but not too hard. This needs to be labeled as easy. It's a BEAUTIFUL trail don't get me wrong, but its definitely not moderately hard. I was really bored 1.5 miles in, same trail going straight with only a very small incline. This trail is great for beginner hikers!

Kate Grief
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Hiking

We hiked this on the weekend. It was a beautiful hike. Not too strenuous. The wild flowers were incredible. A little gravelly at some spots. I’ll definitely do this trail again.

Nancy Lewis
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Debra Salins
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Hiking

The trail was a bit rocky but the scenery was spectacular with so many cacti and flowers in bloom. Great resting spot at Inspiration Point.

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Jared Dobiecki
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HikingRocky

Solid trail. Lots of flowers along the path. Viewpoint was okay but the hike there was gorgeous.

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Rachael Bollinger
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Toni M
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would definitely do this trail again, I had never done this trail before and it was a great gradual workout. a little closer to 6 miles than 5.7 and not the most satisfying view at the top but all the blooming flowers along the way make up for it. trail is rocky but manageable and not too much loose gravel, there were a lot of dogs and therefore poop bags left behind which is annoying. I'm glad it's still open but unfortunately I wouldn't be surprised if it closes because of people ignoring the signage. I went early and there was hardly anyone on the trail but by ten on the way back down people were coming in groves and in huge groups. Nice social distancing people, hiking is what has been keeping me sane in this quarantine and it's upsetting to think that it'll probably be taken away because people can't listen to directions or don't care too. going with a partner is understandable and manageable, but there's no way to maintain proper guidelines with 6 plus people to a group. please be smart out there so we can all continue to hike please and thank you.

honesty mckee
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Suzanne Wright
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Hiking

Nice hike, went up to Inspiration Point and then took the Desert Park trail coming back..A good constant uphill hike to the point but nothing too steep. Each has a little different feel. The flowers are beautiful now and it wasn't crowded at all!! Lots of social distancing :) The only downside to Desert Park trail is you can see the homes in Silverleaf so you don't have that "remote" feeling you get going up to the point.

Maddy Mykytiuk
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Hiking

Nice hike. Not too hard but still a workout. Very beautiful view.

Doug Schafer
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Fun hike. But Inspiration Viewpoint was not as dramatic a view as I thought it might be. So temper expectations and you'll enjoy. To get to Inspiration Viewpoint take the Gateway Loop to Windgate Pass Trail. Watch for the WP1 sign. From there it is out and back. If you do the full Gateway Loop with this trail you'll add some mileage, but seeing the view from Gateway Saddle was worth it for me. In all honesty, the Gateway Saddle view was more "inspirational" to me than Inspiration Viewpoint.

Christy Cole
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Hiking

It is a beautiful hike out to inspiration point. Often a bit windy when you get there.

Noah Zygmunt
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Nicholas Lyttle
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First trail ever / first trail in Arizona! I made it all the way up to the top; for the majority of the hike I was completely by myself. It was extremely peaceful; the last 1-0.5miles of this hike were extremely difficult on the way there.

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Tim Wagner
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Hiking

Beautiful wildflowers and quiet hike past the gateway loop fork. Lots of people coming down the loop trail. I’d recommend starting early. Park opens at 6am now.

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Leann J.
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Matt Reeve
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Rick Detjen
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Compared with many other trails in Phoenix area, this one has good signage. However, it does not mention Inspiration Point at the trailhead start. Best to map your connecting trails before you start,

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