In the early 1930s, Will Rogers was the most popular and highest paid actor in Hollywood. From his start in vaudeville theater with a trick roping act, he rose to world-wide fame as a columnist, philosopher, radio personality, and movie star. During the 1920s, he bought land in Santa Monica, where he developed a ranch. Eventually, Will Rogers owned 186 acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean, in what is now known as Pacific Palisades. The ranch became the place where Will Rogers could relax with his family and friends, pursuing his favorite pastimes of riding and roping. At his untimely death in a plane crash in 1935, Will Rogers' ranch consisted of a 31-room ranch house, a stable, corrals, riding ring, roping arena, polo field, golf course, and hiking trails. When his widow, Betty, died in 1944, the ranch became a state park.
I didnt go up or down any stairs. At the begining of the trail before you reach the first stairs there are two trail posts you can walk through and youll see a narrow path going down the mountain. I went this way to avoid people. it takes you past two additional buildings/sheds and also keeps you out of the sun. this path leads right to the bottom of the stairs and the primary building. then you can just keep on the trail and it will go past the last fenced off building before starting to wind back up the mountain.
What I loved about this trail is the many, many, MANY off-road paths. There's super long stairs, a car wreckage U can climb down to, all kinds of graffiti sites, tiny steps down to a bridge of some kind... It seems endless. Every time we thought we were on our way home, we found another little trail that went off-road and made us feel like real adventurers. And I swear we heard water streaming down below at one point. I want to get to that water next time. If there is any.