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Keys View Loop to Inspiration Point Trail

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Joshua Tree National Park

Keys View Loop to Inspiration Point Trail is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Thousand Palms, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 1.2 miles Elevation Gain: 501 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no shade

no dogs

NOTE: There may be road closures due to weather conditions in the winter. Check current conditions before heading out.

hiking
1 day ago

Easy walk with nice views! Offers something a bit different than the rest of the park.

hiking
scramble
9 days ago

Beautiful sunrise. A bit scrambly in places—had to carry my two-and-a-half year old most of the way.

hiking
bugs
no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
14 days ago

Beautiful trail with awesome 360* views all around. Great for sunset.

Beautiful views. Extremely windy when we were there. Lost the trail a few times on the ascent but not too hard to find your way especially because you can see the point the whole time.

hiking
no shade
rocky
5 months ago

The trail blends in with the surrounding desert, so it is easy to accidentally fold yourself off trail. The trailhead is by the large boulder in the parking area for Keys View. In early January there was snow and ice in several places - I recommend wearing shoe traction devices. The sunrise from the top was beautiful, and there are a couple cholla cacti on the way to the top that seem to glow with the rising sun.

hiking
no shade
snow
6 months ago

A lotta bang for your buck. Pretty much straight up, but less than a mile, and not too hard of a climb. Today, January 3, 2020, weather was perfect.. high 50s..No one else on the trail... snow on the top and on the way up, (not enough to need spikes or anything), and great views from the top. A pretty easy hike with amazing 360 view once you get to the top. WAY BETTER THAN JUST LOOKING OUT FROM KEYS VIEW. Cool view of the Saltan Sea. Also,... trail is not well defined, but if you just start climbing from the parking lot you will get there.

closed
snow
6 months ago

Road closed as of 12/28/2019.

Initial trail took a minute to find. Zoom into the trail map for the first 0.1 miles past the paved trail. The views are spectacular.

hiking
no shade
rocky
7 months ago

No signs for this but it’s easy to find across the parking lot from the paved loop trail. It takes a beautiful view to a slightly more beautiful view. Makes for some good photos of the people enjoying the view down below. Only saw 1 other hiker on this trail. Good for peak baggers I suppose

hiking
8 months ago

The keys view loop is not really a hike, it’s more of a lookout point! Well worth going to, there’s awesome views. It was extremely windy when we were out there which made it a little more fun. The inspiration point trail was not clear to me.

hiking
rocky
9 months ago

The short Keys View Loop is very easy with amazing views. The Inspiration Point trail should be considered a separate trail that is moderate/intermediate. It is not marked at all and you need hiking experience to be able to determine which way the trail goes. Other than that, it was an enjoyable hike with amazing views.

hiking
no shade
rocky
10 months ago

hiking
no shade
rocky
Sat May 18 2019

hiking
off trail
rocky
Thu May 02 2019

Mon Apr 15 2019

Great view. I don't think the hike to inspiration point has an official trail. It wasn't marked so we didn't continue after the loop section.

Keys view was great. We ended up not continuing on the inspiration loop as it wasn’t really marked as far as we could see and did not want to risk trampling on a non-trail. But the views from the Keys View were great, especially for a paved walking path.

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