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This was my first 10 mile hike with my 8yr old daughter. A lot of climbing but the views are amazing. Be careful with mountain bikers. The way we took this hike was heading left and loop around. Recommend it . . .

Short, beautiful, oak-shaded trail to a waterfall. Rated easy, but I would not wear flip flops or take my grandmother on this hike: uneven terrain, some uphill. But if you're somewhat prepared and in shape, well worth doing.

Nice challenging but easily doable trail for kids. Great view and opportunity to explore the ruins as reward at the end. Probably closer to 5.25 miles altogether. Heavily used on the weekend.

3 days ago

This was a good challenge. It is not at all easy, but it is doable. It is so peaceful as you branch off from Echo Mountain to hike to the point. About 10 minutes in, we felt like we were in a rainforest (California standards) listening to running water and singing birds. Go early if you want to enjoy the feeling of being in nature alone. We started at 4:50am and were back down by 9:20am.

I loved this hike! I took the Sam Merril trail to Echo Mountain and took the left turn onto the Inspiration Point trail. The signs are pretty easy to follow. The signs will tell you it’s 8.7 miles but I had a couple GPS trackers that told me I did a total of 10.6 miles.
The Echo Mountain portion of the trail is really busy, almost annoyingly so. Once you turn off to the Inspiration Point Trail the crowds die down dramatically. I think I passed 2 people the whole time. It was very cloudy and overcast once I got to the top and there was zero visibility but I still enjoyed watching the fog roll around the mountains.
There are picnic tables at the top so bring food and have a little picnic, it will be well deserved!
The little signs make for great photo ops too.
I definitely recommend this hike and will try it again when the sun is out to see how far I can see out.

Easy short trail.


15 days ago

Beautiful trail that I will definitely do again, but be more careful next time. I got started in the later afternoon, so I knew I didn’t have an over abundance of time. I got a little excited and missed the initial overgrown left path and marched straight into Rubio Canyon, by the time I realized my mistake, I decided to go ahead and take the tight switchbacks up to Echo Mountain. The overgrowth was significant on the narrow path, and ended up heading towards the foundations from the old rail lift, which was definitely not meant to be climbed. After some scrambling and significant exposure ahead, I made some tricky moves up and back and eventually found the trail again. I was pretty exhausted and a bit cut up after reaching the top, I decided to take the initial trail I was looking for back down and call it a day. Beautiful views along the way looking up to ridge line and the steep cliffs below. I’ll tackle this one in the morning next time.

Edit: I went back again yesterday, and generally took the shown loop. The hike up to Echo Mountain was pretty rough with the sun, but the path over to Inspiration Point was nicely shaded, though mosquito’s and bees were prominent. Steep climb near the end, but I was feeling good, and the trail was easily defined. It was then an easy hike over to Muir Peak with little elevation gain.

Heading back down was another story. The low shrubs and many rockslides, made it difficult to follow the trail. Used my map regularly to make sure I was on the right bearing and had to make a couple adjustments. The descent was very steep, I couldn’t imagine climbing up that way, and I started to fatigue pretty quickly. The rock was very loose and even with my hiking shoes there was a bit of sliding dangerously close to the ridge line. After a bit of the way down the trail dived into some cover in thicker woods with tall grasses and it was impossible to actually see the trail, other than a toppled tree giving you an idea to move towards the right. I nearly stepped on a Southern Pacific Rattler burrowed in the grass, but thankfully saw it just soon enough to avoid him, but not without upsetting him as well. I retreated a bit until it quieted down and then came back around the corner. He was still there laying across the grass, so I jumped the log blocking the only other direction, and rejoined the trail pretty quickly. Thankfully no more scares on the way down, but there was tons of cover for the snakes the rest of the way down with heavy bushes lining the trail, that it was pretty stressful keeping watch. Once finally down to Rubio Canyon, there is a bit of a climb back up to street level, but it felt good to be on the homestretch. I’d probably just double back down where I came next time, the decent was not fun at all, but overall a beautiful hike with amazing views.

A little challenging with the 5 y/o but the trooper made it! Proud of her. Other than that, great hike with family and friends. Not too much shade either so properly prepare for it

Don't be fooled. This is a hard hike. I recorded it at 12.4 miles, not 9.9. The beginning (Fern Truck Trail) and end (Sloan Saddle and down) is east to moderate, but the brown mountain section should be rated hard. There is a lot of steep sections with loose rock. There are also long, steep overgrown sections where staying on the trail is hard. The section across the top of the ridge, though there isn't any elevation gain has a lot of ups and down and is tough going. Otherwise, a beautiful hike. I didn't see anyone else, and there are great views 360 degrees.

20 days ago

Really pretty trail with a wide variety of scenery and difficulty. Steep climb with beautiful views. Plus it’s very lightly traveled. I only saw 2 other people over 4 hours. I also lost the trail a few times because the vegetation is so dense right now. That can be taken either way—great bc it’s pristine or bad bc it can be tough finding your way. It’s not a trail for the faint of heart and not a quick loop, but great if you’re a good hiker looking to really get away from the crowds and into nature.

fun and easy. Only mistake came on a holiday, to many dogs and people.
the falls were lovely.

Tough hike, great views. The summit is beautiful and also a has an interesting history. A mind and body experience!

Great fast and refreshing hike. Yellow desert vegetation up above, but a lush green garden in the canyon where you get to hike. And a great ending.

Highly recommend for any one looking for a quick, rewarding hike.

Easy hike, historic, interesting, good views, everyone should do this hike at least once.

Easy hike, historic, interesting, good views, everyone should do this hike at least once.

Really short, accessible and easy.

Awesome trail for hikers. Yet there are tons of bikers as well. Maybe ore bikers than hikers on this trail. Just be careful especially in the curve. Some bikers have manners, they carry bells and tell you how many people are coming behind them, but some bikers have no manners, don't carry bells and they come done the trail with full speed. If you are hiker, start hiking super early before 6am or after 10am, Bikers tend to start around 7am ish.

Went Sunday morning (5/26/18) and started at 7am. Not as crowded as I thought it would be and it was still cloudy and cool. Hiked to the hotel remains, then all the way up to Inspiration Point. This was my first hike of this distance, but the views of Los Angeles through clouds was well worth my complaining of how tired I was!! I see this page states that the hike is 4.9 miles out and back, but the tracking I used on my cell phone showed that it totaled 11 miles. Regardless, it was well worth it.

Did part of this hike yesterday. Made it up to MtLowe during a really cool foggy day. No way of judging most of the views due to the fog. Soon after the parking area you will come across a nice tunnel made in the 1940s. Once you reach the top there’s a few view finders that point out the surrounding peaks.

Love this trail. Such a beautiful end view. Vistas are 180> degrease at the too!

Great historical hike.
Heavy traffic on the weekends

Such fun and easy trail. Good for dogs or kids

1 month ago

I've done this a few times, both half way to the Lowe Railway Camp, which is about 5 miles round trip and all the way to Inspiration Point, which is 10 miles round trip. It's definitely worth it to go the entire way if you have time, the views are amazing at inspiration point and the trail is empty and quiet the second half of the way. It can be a bit confusing around the ruins on the way back, but if you have your app/maps then you'll be fine. I rate this as moderate not difficult as long as you're in halfway decent shape you should be fine.

Beautiful flowers, great views.

great trail to go on especially for beginners. took our 4 year old daughter she had great time. was a little tricky to find. there is a camp ground at the trail head and a small parking lot. the lot was full when we arrived had to park on top of the hill about .5 miles from trail. even with parking a bit away from the trail it was still worth it.

Get there early. You will have to park on the street and the later you get there the further you will park from the trailhead. It’s a beautiful hike but it can get packed and the trail is well maintained but narrow. We hiked up to the hotel remains and I regret not taking the extra time to take the detour to inspiration point. Next time!

Was a really lovely walk. A little confusing on the way down but nothing the app or maps couldnt sort out!

I love this trail alot! I came up here for one of my first hikes back in the nineties as a young kid! The hike is shady, which is perfect for a hot day. Compared to the nearby Eaton Canyon falls, this is less traveled for some reason, even though it's slightly shorter and easier. The area next to the falls is a wonderful oasis with some rock climbing hooks along the walls of the canyon.

I put together an episode of my vlog on this trail. Check it out here:
I also put together a playlist for anyone to bring on the trail with them :)

Have fun on the trail! Hope to see you out there some time.

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