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 like hiking, but I'm not physically fit for hiking uphills and going through rocky narrow paths and that's what this trail gave me mostly haha. Even though I feel like I almost died, this trail was such an adventure and we didn't even go through the graffiti abandoned buildings and the backbone bridge that everyone is talking about -- sadly, we didn't know about those spots. We had a friend who apparently has been here before who lead us through a looping wooden stairs (that's probably about 400 stairs) that's all covered in dirt and then we were supposed to go through this pathway thats over the edge of the mountain but it was closed so we decided to just go down, which was the muddy and wet creek area. Going through the creek was all our first times so we didn't even know what was ahead of us or what obstacles we had to face (even the guy who had been to Rustic Canyon trail before). Going through the creek felt like I was at an anaconda movie, thank goodness there weren't any snakes. After a rain and going through that creek with a non hiking shoes was not the greatest idea, but again it was an adventure. Then we finally found an actual trail path which lead us to the Will Rogers park and walked up through an actual trail (that's when we started to see other hikers..I was so happy. I thought I'd never get outta that creek). About .5-a mile into this canyon trail, we got lost of trying to go back to where we started without going through the creek. So we went back. Back down and through the creek. And that's when we realized that there were poison oaks at the creek. Going back up was the hardest. I had to stop so many times and my two friends who was with me had to keep motivating me that we were almost there. Going back up those wooden stairs killed me more, I told my friends to just leave me. I couldn't feel my legs.
If anyone has hiked the Potato Chip Rock, this hike was worse for me. I got battle scars all over my body from branches and thorns to prove it and a sore ass body the next morning. Again, it was an adventure but never again.
It's pretty much a road trail with several connected dirt trails. The dirty trails are the fun ones. Going on them you will find several dilapidated structures that were supposed to be from an old nazi camp. They are all full of graffiti, but they make for some nice pictures. I want able to find the "famous" steps until I was on my way back. There are two sets: long and longer. The longer one is said to be 530 steps (I lost track). They are a great leg workout. All in all, I say this is an easy hike. It is worth checking out though.
This was absolutely amazing! I'm a beginner when it comes to hiking and this trail really pushed me and I loved it. Great cardio workout, and lots of uphill. I was able to see all of the graffiti sites and did some research about it before I came and I thought they were absolutely remarkable! I will definitely be coming back.
I really loved this trail/fire road. once I found a place to park, I headed up the fire trail. I decided to descend the 1st set of stairs. at the bottom I went right where I saw the fireplace and bath tub. there were lots of little trails that ran off the fire road. being as I was alone, I chose to stay on the main path. I saw a few water towers with beautiful graffiti. I didn't find much else. hope there is more still. I want to go back.
the views are breathtaking. the hike appears to be moderate because of the fire road. however, you are traveling uphill the majority of the way. the stairs make for a great work out. beware, they are steep and not deep. there is no railing and they are covered with pine needles. make sure you get your footing so you don't slide.
*side note. no restrooms but plenty of places to go if needed.
This is an extraordinary, beautiful hike that is moderately challenging.
K P. on Murphy Ranch Trail
Training for the US bank building stair climb and this place rocks for that. Two sets of stairs, both steep and long. Highly recommended for stair climbing training as you can do each set of stairs a couple of times and loop around for a nice workout.