Inspiration Point Trail

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Inspiration Point Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Los Angeles, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.1 miles
324 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


The Inspiration Loop Trail provides a great opportunity to leave the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles and quickly escape into the Santa Monica Mountains. Experience multiple unique vistas of the Los Angeles basin and Santa Monica Bay with clear day views of Catalina, Saddleback Peak, and Chino Hills. Connect to the Backbone Trail in Topanga State Park and get still better views and more exercise. The route taken includes two side trips to Inspiration Point and a portion of the Backbone Trail as far as the Chicken Ridge Bridge. The loop was a favorite of Will Rogers and the visiting elite of early Hollywood. Will's Ranch became his refuge where he relaxed with family and friends while pursuing his favorite pastimes of riding and roping. When Will died in1935 in a tragic plane crash, the ranch consisted of a 31-room ranch house, stable, corrals, a riding ring, roping arena, a polo field, a small golf course, and several hiking/riding trails through the property. In 1944 Betty Rogers deeded the Ranch to California State Parks as a living memorial to Will and his tireless efforts in healing the hearts of a broken nation and eliminating suffering. Ranch House Tours: Tours of the Ranch House are offered Thursdays and Fridays, at 11 am, 1 pm, and 2 pm. Ranch House tours on Saturday and Sunday are given on the hour from 10 am to 4pm. You do not need a reservation to take a tour unless you have a group of 15 or more. School group and special group tours are available Thursdays and Fridays at 10 am. For more information contact the Park Interpretive Staff at (310) 454-8212, ext. 103. Picnic Area Located at the far end of the main parking lot, tables and BBQ grills are provided. Reservations are required when group size is 25 or more. Call (310) 454-8212 Ext.106 for reservation information. Wi-Fi Service: Will Rogers State Historic Park offers AT&T Wi-Fi Service. Access to the service is within a 250 foot range of the Ranger Station within in the Park.

6 days ago

Great quick hike for a nice view of Bay Area and City all in one.

20 days ago

Not dog friendly. No bikes. State park. So the area below (the field) can have dogs on leash. But no dogs allowed on the trail sadly :/

1 month ago

fun and pretty. very easy hike. good place for a picnic.

1 month ago

Not a sufficient work out

3 months ago

good, easy hike. walked by horses and enjoyed the loop. only complaint is $12 parking.

4 months ago

4 months ago

Started off at noon. Neat park that was gifted to the state of California by Betty, the wife of three great humorist and cowboy philosopher Will Rogers. If you don't know who Will Rogers is, he is worth looking up and learning about. The park cost $12, and has a small parking lot. Will Rogers house open for tours on the hour. Really though, the best feature of the park is the Inspiration Point Trail, a roughly 2.5 mile loop. The views are amazing. From Inspiration Point there are sweeping views of Los Angeles to Santa Monica, and the beach communities all the way down to Palos Verses. Trails are well maintained, and the park was moderately busy. Also, lots of equestrian activity including a polo field.

4 months ago

Dog friendly,but some other trails don’t allowed take dogs. Great view on the ocean!)

5 months ago

Nice trail for what it is. Very short, easy walking, wide trail with a nice view. Good for someone who doesn't want to walk too far or get too dirty.

6 months ago

Great view at Inspiration Point. A little hazy.

7 months ago

This is a easy hike for kids. We saw a rattlesnake (I reckon it was a southern pacific) on our hike today. We went up to the inspiration point and then instead of doubling back to go to the main road, followed a narrow trail that starts at the top and brings you to a T junction. Taking a left takes you to the south of the trail and taking a right takes you to the north end. The snake was just lying on the side of this narrow trail. We stood for a while and then gently walked around it. It was 9:30 am and the snake wasn't moving.

But otherwise a beautiful, easy hike.

7 months ago

7 months ago

Nice and easy trail with a great view at the top

8 months ago

when there early morning it was closed and there's no parking had to go home no bueno

9 months ago

I went there Tuesday morning around 9. There were very few people there so it's quiet and peaceful. It's very enjoyable but it's not much a workout. You can hear birds singing along the way and the view was beautiful. The parking was $6 for 2 hours. The restroom by the polo field was very clean.

9 months ago

Very easy. Beautiful views. Can't wait to try the horseback riding. Plenty of green space to picnic and tables.

11 months ago

Just to clarify, this is not the trail that leads up to the telescopes. That one is also called Inspiration Point but it's via the Sam Merrill trail located in Altadena. That hike is 9.1 - 12 miles depending where you start.

The pictures uploaded were a bit misleading, so just FYI...

Thursday, February 23, 2017

love it! Started at the bottom hit Echo mountain first which is on the way then inspiration what a awesome workout 11 miles total.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Great for new hikers or anyone who wants an easy path with a gorgeous view

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Great paths leading to amazing views of the coast and city. Parking varies, $12 flat fee on weekends and holidays, some street parking as well.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Easy, great views. Couldn't figure out how to do the loop and ended up coming down the same way I went up. Very nice day hiking.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Great scenic trail. Easy to moderate with not much steep incline or decline on the route I took. Still enough to get a day's exercise in, especially if you run the trails. Seemed every corner turned is an epic view. From city skylines to coastline and everything in between. I'll definitely be back again soon.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Beautiful views, pretty easy hike. Parking is $12 if you park in the lot.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Easy Family Hike. 35 minutes loop. Some beautiful views.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

not a long hike but I loved the Ranch and Horses. The view at the top was worth the trip. Also make sure to look at the backs of the benches there are quotes worth reading.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Fantastic trail, really easy for all levels, great for mountain biking and dogs.

Monday, August 01, 2016

This was perfect for my family of novice and "less physical" hikers. The views were great (and there were plenty of rest stops with clean benches to rest and soak in the sights if interested). Views are from downtown LA to the coast and the Santa Monica mountains. The grade was gradual but enough to work up a sweat. The path was a fire road so nice and wide and relatively even (so no need to worry about ankle twisting). We went on a Monday late morning and ran into only a few people (including a few runners). Although the trail is used by horses, there was very little horse dung whch required careful navigation. Two miles around the loop. It could be a little better marked (since there are a few side trails/forks). Our family would highly recommend this trail for all types of explorers, especially beginners and those who are "less physical".

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Nice Sunday morning hike. Great views of the LA basin and the Pacific. Wide trail makes it nice for the bike and equestrian traffic that is also on this trail. Will definitely be back. It's one of my regular stops.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Enjoyed it, but it gets a little crowded and noisy, but it's a decent walk with some great views.

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