Keys View Loop to Inspiration Point Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Desert Center, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

1.9 miles
672 feet

kid friendly



nature trips

scenic driving

trail running



wild flowers




no dogs

3 months ago

Nice views, but after taking in Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Channel Island NPs during the same week, this was not that memorable.

6 months ago

Nice path and great sunset viewing

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

super beautiful, great view of the desert area just south of the park, palm springs, mountains, etc.

Friday, August 04, 2017

I enjoyed the hike. I made my own trail at times as I got distracted with critters or the view. In the beginning it's not well defined for the trail but the higher you get the trail is oblivious all the way to Inspiration point. So comfortable morning at 86 degrees - I'll take that any day.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Even on a hazy day, the view is amazing. Fun information placards up top.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

There was so much haze there wasn't much to see. Per the signs due to pollution that's the norm. It says handicap accessible but it's a very steep incline both up and down so you'd want help. It is a cement sidewalk. Very windy and rather chilly. You want a windbreaker.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Not to be missed, even by non-hikers. There is a generous parking lot and a cement walkway that allows access to several viewpoints. I have been there when the air quality was so bad that the view into the valley was greatly restricted. But after the rain and winds that hit the park this week, the view was the clearest we've ever seen.

If you do nothing else, check out the San Andreas fault, which is easily seen in the valley from the viewing platforms on a clear day.

scenic driving
Saturday, December 17, 2016

Wonderful view of the valley, from Salton Sea to Mt Gogornio. Were there yesterday afternoon just before sunset, and were wowed by the ciew.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thursday, May 22, 2014

This is a fantistic view of the Salton Sea to the south east to the San Jacinto mountains in the west. Panoramic view of the Coachella-La Quinta-Rancho Mirage and Palm Springs. Worth the time driving there and camera shots.

Monday, February 03, 2014

If you want to get away from the crowds at Keys View this is perfect. The trail isn't marked anymore but you can find it pretty easily as it is well worn. Look towards the end of the parking lot (where the view is) on the opposite side that everyone walks up. You hike to the top of the hill, go down a saddle, and the next hill you climb is Inspiration Peak. It should be marked with some stacked rocks. You should have the peak to yourself.

Friday, February 15, 2013

the view is great and you can see mt. jacinto from here. this is the highest point in the park that you can drive to. Come here at sunset and you won't be dissapointed.

10 months ago

Monday, July 17, 2017

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Saturday, October 08, 2016