Inspiration Point – Weekend Sherpa
With a name like Inspiration Point, expectations are high … and high you’ll go, as in above the clouds on this beautiful 10-mile (round-trip) hike located 2 miles north of popular Echo Mountain. While the Sam Merrill Trail to Echo Mountain is well paved and snakes its way up the mountain for a short but satisfying hike, Inspiration Point is more challenging with its narrow, gravelly path and moderate incline. Nestled in the Angeles National Forest and the San Gabriel Mountains, the mountain offers views overlooking Pasadena as you circle your way to the top. The immediate surroundings are lush, green, and a bit wild.