King Gillete Ranch Loop
ElevationAscent: 240' 73 m
Descent: -240' -73 m
High: 852' 260 m
Low: 612' 187 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)
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“A running loop through the historic King Gillette Ranch.”— John McKinney
Follow the trail straight in front of you that takes the steep route over the upcoming hill. After winding up the steep path, you'll reach a small turn off that will very briefly take you to Inspiration Point. From here there are amazing views of Malibu Gorge, Gillette Mansion, and the surrounding Santa Monica Mountains. Once you've had your fill of views from Inspiration Point, return to the Inspiration Point Trail. After heading south for a short amount of time, you'll come across a fork in the path with the Ridge Trail leading to the south. Stay to the left to avoid the Ridge Trail and follow the Inspiration Point Trail as it gradually winds its way down the hill through patches of oak forest.
Once at the bottom of the hill you can explore the south side of the Gillette Mansion before re-connecting with the path you were originally on to pass the pond and return to the visitor center parking area.
Thanks to John McKinney, The Trailmaster, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about trails in California, check out his guides at The Trailmaster Store.
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Land Manager: NPS - Santa Monica Mountains