Hike Echo Mountain and Inspiration Point

Echo Mountain Trailhead

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.

Pack List

  • Hiking boots
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Sun protection
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RT Distance 10.4 Miles
Elevation Gain 2740 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Features
Dog Friendly

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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!


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