Inspiration Point via Sam Merril Trail to Castle Canyon Trail

MODERATE 66 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
2998 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wildlife

bugs

rocky

hiking
6 days 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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17 days ago

Via Crystal Castle trail its def a booty kicker! be ready for an extreme hike up..ull feel the burn. When u get to the top tho its very rewarding..keep pushing! :)

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1 month ago

One of my favorites

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1 month ago

I have hiked to Inspiration Point 3 times now. The 1st time it was difficult and I was sore after, but the last two times were much easier especially using the Sam Merrill trail from Echo up and the Castle Canyon down. Total distance is just under 10 miles and takes between 4-6 hrs based on your pace and how long you spend looking around Echo Mtn and taking in the views at Inspiration Point. I would recommend going early during warmer months. Free street parking.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Not too bad. Have good shoes as it can be a little slippery. Trail can get very narrow at times. Will be back.

hiking
2 months ago