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Inspiration Point

MODERATE 548 reviews
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Inspiration Point is a 3.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Barbara, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. 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.

Distance: 3.5 miles Elevation Gain: 951 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

running

partially paved

views

wildlife

rocky

scramble

18 days ago

Decent hike. Easy walk nice views at the top.

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24 days ago

Nice trail, relatively easy. Not for small dogs, our Frenchie ended up in my back pack.

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no shade
washed out
25 days ago

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bugs
1 month ago

Great hike with really nice views up at the top. Not too hard but challenging enough to be a good workout.

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bugs
1 month ago

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bugs
1 month ago

Busy trail on a Sunday morning but still worth getting to the view at the top.

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1 month ago

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bugs
1 month ago

This was the first hoke for me in several weeks. so it was bit of a challenge going up. It's mostly all up hill. The view is worth it. Glad I drove over 1 hr to put this on my officially completed hikes.

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1 month ago

Nice trail with a beautiful view up top. I don’t think it’s quite as nice as the trail Nextdoor but still beautiful and satisfying.

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rocky
1 month ago

Great hike today! Lots of dogs running around. Not too hard but definitely up hill. Lots of flies.

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2 months ago

Haven’t hiked in the North and finally made it to Santa Barbara to do Inspiration Point!! A hike I really enjoyed and plan to visit to explore the rest of the trail connected. Decent elevation gain and overall a great work out. A creek does run through this area but since it was still summer time, it was pretty much dried up. Nice vistas, definitely a nice hike!

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2 months ago

This is the trail equivalent of comfort food. Great for when I want something familiar and not too challenging. Plus, great views from the top are the best payoff.

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rocky
2 months ago

There’s a little parking area but if you go further up there’s limited parking on the road . Good workout . Loose rocks. Beautiful view at the top

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2 months ago

Nice hike. The reason I gave it only 3 stars was because there was a marine layer on September 23rd, so when you got to the top for the beautiful view, clouds covered Santa Barbara below. I would give it a four or maybe even a five star on a clear day! and by the way, there are no signs for "Inspiration Point"! Just keep to the left every time there's a fork in the road. I believe the trail sign called it Tunnel Road Trail to the top. I lucked out with a parking spot right by the trailhead because I was there by 7 a.m. on a Monday. There are not many legitimate parking spots. A lot of the trail was shady in the early morning hours, so that was nice as well.

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rocky
scramble
2 months ago

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no shade
2 months ago

recorded Inspiration Point

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2 months ago

Pretty good, paved for the first while, then you get to the trail. Lots of college student types until you get to the trail. Bluetooth speakers included. Trail is mostly uncovered, so be careful on sunny day. Took my 4.5 month border collie puppy and she did great on it, lots of other dogs on trail too.

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3 months ago

Really fun trail. Challenging but easy enough for a beginner. Leads into a bunch of other trails if you wish to be a little more adventurous

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3 months ago

Awesome, just awesome! A tad bit hot though.

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3 months ago

We didn’t do inspiration but still fun long challenging loop

bugs
no shade
3 months ago

It was a hot day but the view was so worth it.

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bugs
3 months ago

Great view, but a little buggy and poorly marked

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3 months ago

This is a great hike about 4.6 miles round trip from where you park your car on Tunnel Road. Once you get to the top continue straight for a nice view overlooking Santa Barbara. You will gain 900 feet of elevation from where you park your car. Enjoy!

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