Do you have trouble hiking? Can it be a rough chore for you to make it up a steeper hill in the Los Angeles countryside? Do you think it may help cheer you along if you were given inspirational quips as you made your trek up? Do you think “The Little Engine that Could” method would work for you? “I think I can… I think I can…” Or, perhaps, you just want a hip, beautiful hike that you can regularly go on? Regardless, I have the hike for you: Inspiration Point Trail!
I’m always on the search for the newest and best hiking trails. I find that I prefer the trails less traveled, however, when it comes down to it. That being said, I was unsure about Inspiration Point Trail at first because it is very “mainstream” out here in Los Angeles. While that isn’t always a bad thing, I prefer hiking at more quiet and desolate places. While Inspiration Point trail, is in fact, pretty mainstream, it was easy to park at, beautiful, and well worth the journey out.
Inspiration Point Trail is a 2.1 mile route with heavy traffic located in the Pacific Palisades. It offers an easy way to stay in Los Angeles but still get lost in the beauty of nature. The hike began in a very upscale park (which does charge for parking-so bring cash!). The hike begins as you pass by horse stables, and you can see signs or horses all around the trail. (I love horses, so this was very exciting for me.) The park, itself, gave me Sunday-afternoon-with-the-family vibes.
As you walk up to the peak of the mountain trail, you pass benches and signs with inspirational quotes carved into them. This continues until you reach the top of the mountain, which contains a restful and scenic area full of quotes and positivity. On the way down, if you go the opposite way you came down, the trail twists beautifully past a variety of trees and vegetation. There are sections where trees are planted perfectly a few feet apart from each other, making for a great photo opp.
While the hike is up a mountain, the incline isn’t too terrible, so you shouldn’t find yourself getting too tired as you go. Plus, as I mentioned, there are many benches for you to rest on if you get tired heading up the hill during your walk. And who doesn’t love reading an inspirational quote from time to time? If you find yourself in the LA area, I would advise giving this hike a try. It is now one of my favorite hikes!