Regarding COVID-19: Please recreate responsibly and practice social distancing. Closures and travel restrictions are changing rapidly, always check and respect local regulations.

Desert Hot Springs, California

Hike to Inspiration Point in Joshua Tree

1.2 Miles Total - 425 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Josiah Roe

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.

Read More

Tags

Chillin
Photography
Hiking
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Reviews

Have you done this adventure? Be the first to leave a review!

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

Stay Nearby

Twentynine Palms, California

Indian Cove Campground

From $20/night

Desert Hot Springs, California

Palm Springs / Joshua Tree KOA

Yucca Valley, California

Black Rock Equestrian Campground

From $20/night

Twentynine Palms, California

Cottonwood Campground (Ca)

From $20/night

Nearby Adventures

Tours