After 5 miles you’ll reach an observation deck with a gazebo, telescopes, benches, and a truly breathtaking view! Take in the forested San Gabriel Mountains and an expansive swath of L.A. Originally intended as a lookout point for guests of the popular White City resort on Echo Mountain over a century ago, telescopes now point to the various parts of Los Angeles. On a clear day you can see all the way out to Catalina Island. Inspiration indeed!
From I-210 take the Lake Ave. exit north into Altadena and follow Lake all the way to the top of the hill, following the curve past Cobb Estate. Street parking is available but read the signs. Enter Cobb Estate and follow the sign for Echo Mountain (about 2.5 miles). Once you reach Echo Mountain, follow the sign for Inspiration Point and take the little inlet leading to a narrow path all the way to the observation deck (about 2.5 miles). Allow about 5 hours for this hike. Dog-friendly!