Inspiration Point via Sam Merril Trail to Castle Canyon Trail

MODERATE 84 reviews
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Inspiration Point via Sam Merril Trail to Castle Canyon Trail is a 9.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Altadena, 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.

DISTANCE
9.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2644 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wildlife

bugs

rocky

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11 hours ago

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4 days ago

did this trail in early November, hard but worth it for the views.

hiking
8 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

Good hike. Busy up to Echo Mountain, even on week days. Saw only one other person on the way to Inspiration Point. It was very hot and exposed to the sun, even in November.

12 days ago

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14 days ago

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16 days ago

19 days ago

Awesome trail. Obviously it's pretty heavy foot traffic going to the top of Echo Mountain but once you start hiking to Inspiration Point it's good. Peaceful and relaxing.

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21 days ago

27 days ago

It is actually about 13 miles round trip I did the hike in 4:40 but allow time to rest and or eat at the top. View is ok. Interesting history about Lowe tavern and the trolley that once was built up there.

hiking
28 days ago

28 days ago

My very first hike! And let me tell you. Not advisable for beginners. But I completed. Barely! Lol

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29 days ago

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1 month ago

1 month ago

awesome trail! incredible views!

1 month ago

this is one of the best hiking trails the I ever done, really challenges you.

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1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

This is a pretty challenging loop, but it covers two absolutely wonderful canyons. You pass the ruins of the observatory first, then the views get better as you get higher. The upper part of middle Sam Merrill trail is in a heavily forested canyon, very quiet and lush. Castle canyon on the way back is steeper, so a little better for the downhill leg. Note the freshly restored monument to Sam.

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2 months ago