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°)
Current trail conditions
Popular hikes nearby
4.8 mi 7.7 km • Out and Back • 226 ft Ascent 68.94 m Ascent
Doubletrack Agoura, CA( 19 )
Eagle Rock Loop
6.6 mi 10.6 km • Loop • 1,062 ft Ascent 323.7 m Ascent
Singletrack Topanga, CA( 9 )
Backbone Trail - The Hub to Will Rogers State Park
6.9 mi 11.1 km • Point to Point • 376 ft Ascent 114.57 m Ascent
Singletrack Topanga, CA( 5 )
Zuma Ridge/Canyon Loop
11.1 mi 17.9 km • Loop • 2,696 ft Ascent 821.65 m Ascent
Doubletrack Malibu, CA( 10 )
Parker Mesa Overlook
7.6 mi 12.2 km • Out and Back • 1,526 ft Ascent 465.1 m Ascent
Singletrack Las Flores, CA( 39 )
Navigate on-trail with our free app
Hiked this trail?
Add details to help others plan their adventure.
“A hiking 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.
Land Manager: NPS - Santa Monica Mountains