Hike to the Top of Inspiration Point

Palo Corona Regional Park - Search Nearby - Added by Maureen Casey

Once a working cattle ranch, this amazing trail brings you to an amazing view where you feel like you're soaring over Carmel. 

This magnificent trail was recently converted into part of the Monterey Regional Parks System. Walk through pastures of cows, through coast oaks, up a steep incline with vast views of Carmel Valley, Carmel and the Pacific Ocean up to the top where a picnic table awaits you at Inspiration Point. 

This 1.3 mile trail is part of the very large 4,300 acre park. The rest of the park is not developed yet nor open to the public but this trail is definitely a treat! 

Getting There: Please call Monterey Regional Parks to obtain a day permit. They will give you the combination to the lock on the gate. Once in, continue on foot, straight following signs for Inspiration Point. Once at the top, stay to the right to find the stunning view. 

Distance

1.3 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

850 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Fitness, Chillin, Photography, Running, Hiking

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Nearby Lodging

From $176/night

Asilomar Hotel and Conference Grounds

Pacific Grove, California

Moss Landing KOA Express

Moss Landing, California

Salinas / Monterey KOA

Prunedale, California

Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA

1186 San Andreas Road

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

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No More Permits!

With the acquisition by Monterey Regional Parks of the former Rancho Cañada golf course off Carmel Valley Road, there is now permit-free access to Palo Corona Regional Park! The trail to Inspiration Point from Rancho Cañada passes through the golf course, across cattle grazing pasture (with friendly cows), and up the hill. Even though we did the hike on a cool, overcast day, we were sweating at the top as it is fairly steep, and is very exposed. However, the views were absolutely worth it! We had a very nice lunch at the point before returning to our car at the golf course.

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