• Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    1.2 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    425 Feet

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Ditch the crowds & automobiles of Keys View for breathtaking, sweeping vistas of the Coachella Valley, the San Andreas Fault, the San Bernadino Mountains and the entire interior of Joshua Tree National Park.

Most automobile-bound visitors to Joshua Tree make their way to Keys View, and why wouldn't they? It has some of the best views in the park and with it, some of the biggest, loudest crowds. Most don't realize that a short hike away is even *better* views and, if you're lucky, solitude, on top of Inspiration Point.

Inspiration Point (or Mount Inspiration on some maps) is a 5,550' peak just to the north of the Keys View Parking lot. It's almost impossible to miss the use trail to the summit. Just head north following the switchbacks (and occasional cairn). You'll hit a false summit and then will drop down about a 100' before heading up to the obvious high point.

The trail continues onwards along the high ridgeline of The Little San Bernadino Mountains eventually connecting to the Stubbe Springs Trail several miles to the north.

Pack List

  • Park Pass
  • Water/Nutrition
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Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

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