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A stout climb to views from one of the named high points within the park.


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Map Key

0.9

Miles

1.5

KM

Point to Point

1,117' 340 m

High

855' 260 m

Low

288' 88 m

Up

161' 49 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

The park is open daily from 8 AM until 10 PM. A daily ($7/day) or annual ($35/year) vehicle permit is required to park anywhere within the park. Do not attempt this hike in the winter months unless you are properly equipped for travel on snow and ice.

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Inspiration Point is one of the five named viewpoints within the park. The shortest approach to it is from the parking area at the South Picnic Area.

Follow the Trout Run Creek Trail to Intersection Q (see park map) and the start of the climb to the point. The next 0.75 mi will involve singletrack trail on steep slopes along with some stairs and wooden boardwalks culminating in a climb of some very steep stairs. You'll know you reached the top when you see a bench and some rope guard rails. It's a short but challenging and exciting way to reach the views from the Point.

A longer and more varied approach to the Point, with less steep stairs, is from the Chimney Rock Trail. Or you can combine this trail and the Chimney Rock Trail, along with the Trout Run Creek Trail and a road, to make a loop.

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At Inspiration Point
Aug 28, 2022 near Saint C…, MN
Down the stairs at Inspiration Point.
Aug 28, 2022 near Saint C…, MN
A view of Coyote Point from Inspiration Point.
Aug 28, 2022 near Saint C…, MN

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