Inspiration Point Trail

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Malorie Mackey is an actress, published author, and adventurer. Malorie grew up in Richmond, Virginia where she loved sports, the outdoors, animals, and all forms of art. She took to acting at a young age, so it was no surprise when she decided to go to college for theatre. While in college, Malorie studied body movement with the DAH Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia, voice in Herefordshire, England with Frankie Armstrong, and the business of theatre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Malorie moved from the East Coast to Los Angeles after receiving her BFA in Theatre Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University. Upon arriving in LA, Malorie participated in the Miss California USA 2011 Pageant where she won the “Friend’s Choice” Award (by popular vote) and received a beautiful award for it.

While living on the West Coast, Malorie accumulated over 40 acting credits working on a variety of television shows, web series, and indie films, such as the sci-fi movie “Dracano,” the Biography Channel show “My Haunted House,” the tv pilot “Model Citizen” with Angie Everhart, and the award-winning indie film “Amelia 2.0.”

Throughout her experiences, Malorie found a love for travel and adventure, having journeyed to over a dozen countries experiencing unique locations. From the lush jungles of the Sierra Madre mountain range to the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, Malorie began adventuring and writing about her unique travels. These travel excerpts can be found on VIVA GLAM Magazine, in Malorie’s Adventure Blog, in Malorie’s adventure show: “Weird World Adventures” and in the works for her full-length travel book.

In 2022, Malorie was thrilled to become a member of the Explorer’s Club through her work on scientific travel. Her experiences volunteering on archaeological and anthropological expeditions as well as with animal conservation allowed her entry into the exclusive club. Since then, Malorie has focused more on scientific travel.

Malorie’s show “Weird World Adventures” releases on Amazon Prime Video in the Spring of 2024! Stay tuned as Malorie brings the strangest wonders of the world to you!

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