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Lake Alpine Inspiration Point is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kit Carson, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until September.

Length 2.3 mi Elevation gain 629 ft Route type Out & Back

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Lake Alpine-Inspiration Point

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Jeff D.
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Hiking

Great little hike. Finding the correct trail near the lake turned out to be a little challenging both going and coming back. Once you reach the Inspiration Point trail marker than things become clear. It is a fairly good climb that will take your breath away heading up. Once you reach the conglomerate rock things become a little technical, but not for long. Make sure you get over the ridge as the views are the reward.

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Casey Fripp
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Hiking

Quick hike with beautiful views. I would agree that towards the top is more moderate vs easy.

Kylin Zhuo
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Hiking

This should be moderate.

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Sami Laine
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HikingRockyScramble

Short but energetic climb up to some great 360 degree views. Couple of sections in the upper part of trail going to the flat top I found mountain are not obvious, best route was just to the right of the recorded track.

Cristina Aceves
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RockySnow

Recommend this hike for those wanting a short hike and good up hill workout. There's great views of the lake throughout the trail. it recently snowed so the trail was difficult to find at first. Gave it four stars because it's rocky at the top and should be labeled moderate.

Cristina Aceves
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Hiking

I recommend this for hikers looking for a great view and short hike. Lots of views of the lake. There was snow so the trail was challenging to find at first. toward the top it got extremely rocky, so it is not kid friendly at the end. Didn't give it 5 stars because it is more of a moderate trail.

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Lonnie Saechao
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Hiking

An easy-moderate hike. It’s very short so it can be done in a day, lunch at the top and even time to check out Alpine Lake. Everyone else is right with respects to the views. It’s pretty. Mountains, lakes below. 7/10 would recommend and redo.

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Adrianna Kitlas
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HikingRockyScramble

Friday, October 18. 4pm-6pm 47 degrees. Park at chickadee picnic area. As others have said I wouldn't say this is "easy" due to the steep incline and rock scrambling at the top. When I got to the top of the rock out crop area I got a bit confused and went to the left alongside the precarious precipice of the rocky mountain top. I totally messed up. I think the actual trail I found later when I climbed to the top of the rocks and it was flatter and made more sense then the dumb ass way I went. This trail had everything I could ever want in a trail. Not too long, strenuous enough to get a good workout, incredible vistas, INCREDIBLE, and wow just wow. I greatly enjoyed it only wish I had more time.

Michael Horton
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Hiking

My wife and I loved this hike. Maybe not an easy rating because of the steep ascent to the top. Whatever the rating...well worth the effort! Beautiful 360 views of the Sierra's.

Ericka Moment
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Hiking

Love it ! Don’t forget your hiking boots at the end of the top of the hill gets very slippery

Ellen Grant
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Ken Nichols
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Hiking

Great hike. It is steeper than “Easy” but well worth it for the views.

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michael thein
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HikingBugs

Easy trail nice crevices on rock formation bugsy all over since it’s peak of summer.

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Janet Janet P
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I snowshoed this trail 2 days ago on Memorial Weekend. There was a lot of snow (many feet) and fresh snow from the days before. I blazed the trail with my friend, as it seems people rarely snowshoe it. It was a great snowshoe trail. There are very steep sections near the top but we traversed sideways and tried not to look down while doing it. The top got very windy and it began to snow just before getting to the outcrop at the top. We turned around soon after the weather changed since we had to get back down the steep sections in stormy weather. It was awesome overall and I will do it again in tthe future.

J M
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Hiking

Our family loves this hike. We do this about every 2 years while camping (alternating with Duck Lake). Our 3 young kids handle it well, taking about two or three breaks on the way up. Our medium sized dog handled it fine in the past, now we have a tiny dog-carried her in a backpack. Just did the hike last week, took us about 3 hours total. Most of the trail is shaded, minimal to no shade at the top.

Jennie Clyne
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A scramble to the very top and worth it for the 360 view.

Kathleen C.
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Got to a saddle and was faced with steep scree to get to the very top. Good views from where I stopped but not easy if you keep going

Glenn Gamble
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Hiking

wife and I did it yesterday starting from Alpine Lake boat ramp. Beautiful scenery easy going. I'm in a arm sling recovering from surgery and was able to climb easily enough. The trail does get a bit steep at summit. If your in poor physical shape as we seem to be you'll need to take a break or two, or three.

Colin Scholtz
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Hiking

Short, dog friendly hike with great views of Lake Alpine.

Frank L
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Hiking

The reward that is inspiration point and it's breathtaking views is well worth the admission of an average hike and fun lite scramble to the top! Seriously, I haven't found another hike that was this easy that offered better views without paying the price of a massively congested trail. The summit is expansive and mostly barren giving a very otherworldly feeling (almost creepy really) which is only shaken by looking out beyond the summit to the wilderness and forests below. Started the hike a little afternoon and the trail was empty save for some counter traffic (1-2 small groups each way.) The weather was cool and sweaters weren't put on until the summit which was due to some blustery winds.

Jeffrey Stephens
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Sean Decker
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yu lin
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Sepideh Homami
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John Coyle
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Ann Wride
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