Inspiration Point Trail

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Inspiration Point Trail is a 2.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Pacific Palisades, 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.

Distance: 2.1 miles Elevation Gain: 324 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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 are offered Thursdays and Fridays at the top of the hour from 11-3, last approximately 45 minutes and meet in front of the ranch house. Saturdays and Sundays tours are offered 10am- 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. For more information contact the Park Interpretive Staff at (310) 230-2024 or email wr.interp@parks.ca.gov. 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) 230-2023 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. Public Information info@parks.ca.gov For public information call (310) 230-2017

horseback riding
29 days ago

Great trail for family of six not too busy easy to follow. Nice vista at inspiration point. Weather absolutely stunning in mid October.

hiking
1 month ago

It's nice but that smokey weather will get ya. Make sure you wear something to cover your face from it. It feels like smoking an entire pack of Newports in one sitting.

hiking
1 month ago

Too hot

hiking
2 months ago

This was a good first hike to get myself started. I took my dog and it’s dog friendly and everyone I saw had their dogs on leashes which was excellent. The hike isn’t too hard at all. The views are ok. It was a smoggy day and a lot of the views are of houses. But there’s plenty of nature. I think if you packed a lunch or snack there’s plenty of green grass to hang out on after. I was a little confused right when the trail started as to whether I was on backbone or inspiration point. There’s a couple forks and I was never totally sure which trail I was on but it ended up ok in the end

hiking
2 months ago

Perfect short hike with views of City, ocean, and mountains. Good for a casual walk/hike or run.

hiking
2 months ago

Loved to see the horses at the Polo Field. City and ocean vista at top. Perfect for my children (ages 10,11).

recorded Inspiration Point Trail

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bugs
over grown
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Overall relatively flat with some rocks and only a couple steeper parts. Great for beginner or someone wanting to get outdoors for a nice walk.

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no shade
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

More easy than moderate.

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bugs
3 months ago

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bugs
3 months ago

Very fun beginner hiking trail. - Bugs are incredibly annoying. Just don't be as delicious as me. - People are super friendly, everyone says good morning! - Watch out for horse droppings on trail. Don't be on your phone.

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bugs
over grown
4 months ago

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bugs
4 months ago

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over grown
4 months ago

Great trail! The beginning starts with a moderate incline and is fairly overgrown. Once you get on to the trail proper it is a breeze. Great picnic and views at inspiration point.

hiking
4 months ago

A very easy trail up a wide path. Once at the top, you are rewarded with awesome views of Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Malibu and the Pacific Ocean. Also take in the free tours of Will Rodgers house and learn the history of his life. On Saturday's and Sunday's you can take in Polo matches which is awesome but bring your own chairs. Great place to have a picnic as well. I recommend parking along the side of the road leading into the park so you don't have to pay to park. Do not park on the residential streets because they are permit only and everyone knows that LA enforces parking since it's a big revenue stream for the city and LA county.

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no shade
5 months ago

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5 months ago

The upper inspiration point is closed but the lower is still beautiful! Worth the tiny hike!

5 months ago

i love this place.... very clean and nice view easy trail

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no shade
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

A quick and easy trail if that’s what you’re looking for.

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bugs
6 months ago

Great views, so make sure it is a clear day to enjoy them fully! Don’t be afraid to explore the trails off the main wide path. There are a few forks in the road, some are harder trails like Backbone, but some are part of the Inspiration loop. I initially went to find the Rivas trail but this was just fine and I’ll be back! Parking is $12 for Will Rogers State Park, but there were enough cars parked on the side of the road before the park entrance where it said “no parking” that I partook and was fine. And I think it is wheel chair accessible! Watch out for horse poop and also horses. Some paths were overgrown (the 0.4 mile extra loop).

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over grown
6 months ago

running
over grown
7 months ago

Loved this trail but easy to get lost here. This trail is so beautiful I can’t get over it. Parking is $12 dollars which I don’t mind bc the parks need the money. However pay attention when paying because I got a ticket for only one hour without realizing it and got a $72 fine from the park ranger.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike for the kids and great views.

hiking
7 months ago

Pretty easy hike with nice view of city and some good wildflowers. Some bikers and horseback riders on trail. Good for all ages/skill levels

7 months ago

Parking is free on the road leading up to the state park. The trail is beautiful and there are options to make it as long or short as you want it. The views of the city, the ocean, Catalina, and Palos Verdes are amazing on a clear day. It is a dog friendly trail and relatively an easy one.

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rocky
7 months ago

Easy trail, beautiful views and lots of birds to spot along the way. Great trail for beginners (just keeps eyes open for occasional horse dung piles).

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