Hike Echo Mountain and Inspiration Point

Hike Echo Mountain and Inspiration Point

Echo Mountain Trailhead

Distance

10.4 Miles

Elevation Gain

2740 Feet

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Year Round

Type

Loop

Added by

Charlie Jasper

Dog Friendly

Hike to the ruins of the Echo Mountain Resort before heading up to panoramic views at Inspiration Point.

The trail switchbacks up the mountain before reaching the first historic marker, in 3 miles. These are the remains of the Mount Lowe Railroad, which brought customers to Echo Mountain Resort, also in ruins, nearby. Explore the historic sites, then head up Castle Canyon Trail.

A steep climb will bring you to Inspiration Point, where telescopes give views of the area. To head back down, take the shady Sam Merrill Trail.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

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The SGV's Runyon Canyon

The later you go, the more crowded it is. The Echo Mountain hike is considerably shorter than the Bridge to Nowhere (which can also get crowded depending on the time), but like Runyon Canyon this trail can get incredibly crowded if you start after 8 am. I'd say start by 7 if you want to enjoy some peace and quiet. Also, use your headphones if you're playing music. Nobody likes what you listen to when they have no choice but to hear it.

Beauty

Magnificent

Holy Workout

Decided to do this trail on a whim, last Saturday morning. Definitely wasn't expecting such an incline, but it was worth it once you reach the top. There were a lot of people on the trail, but everyone was very polite and encouraging when passing. I only got to Echo Mountain, but plan on heading up to Inspiration Point soon!

Distance

10.4 Miles

Elevation Gain

2740 Feet

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Year Round

Type

Loop

Added by

Charlie Jasper

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