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. Hours: 8:00am - Sunset

hiking
14 days ago

Fun 7 mile loop through scenic Will Rogers State Park. The backbone trail on the way up is not well maintained which required a bit of foraging through the brush at the top. There was quite a bit of poison oak in the shade so be very careful. The left turn to start back down the other trail is very tough to find and poorly marked, we had to use our GPS to backtrack as we initially missed the left turn off the Backbone trail. The trail back down was difficult to follow and had some hairy incline. Hiking shoes are a must. We completed the hike in approximately 3.5 hours.

Mostly a bike trail

hiking
1 month ago

Be inspired to take it higher.

I've been to Temescal, Los Liones, Murphy Ranch and others in the area. I never really knew how they all connected but I always appreciated that each trail offered its own difficulty, views, history and charm. On this occasion I was looking for Rustic Canyon Loop trail and once again I found myself everywhere but where I intended to be.

I arrived at the trail and found that the parking was $12 or a sign that I believe said $3 per hour. Either use exact cash or make sure you have your card with you. Before heading up the trail I knew to expect beautiful views because the skies were clear and I was already somewhat familiar with other trails in the area. I saw horses from the park as I was heading up.

There are certain parts of the trail that are dog friendly but beyond Inspiration Point there are signs posted that warn of Mountain Lions. There are lizards all over the place and I was told that there was a rattlesnake so I was definitely on alert. The grade is a gradual climb to Inspiration Point not too difficult but it checks the box for view. You will be inspired from that point because you'll see the panoramic beauty of downtown LA, Santa Monica, the Palisades, Malibu the ocean and the grounds that make up Will Rogers State Park. It's really beautiful out there.

After leaving Inspiration Point I was inspired to go higher so after speaking to another gentleman I finally found a sign that said Rustic Canyon. I've tried to get there on different occasions but I could never find it while using my GPS. Long review short I went up another 2 miles or so. The path is pretty easy to follow and they do a great job of marking the direction so you stay the course.

I will definitely return here and make sure I have a fully charged phone and downloaded map so that that I can go deeper into the trail and see things that I haven't from the other trails that are a part of this park. I suggest this to those that want to find themselves getting lost in the view, the history and the challenge of going to different paths. Let Inspiration Point and Will Rodgers (Rogers) land inspire you to continue dreaming and climbing to reach another level in life.

Great views over south bay and downtown

Great hike for views of the los angeles area. Perfect to take family and friends to see the stunning views.

This trail goes to Rivas Canyon, not River Canyon. Nice little connector between Temescal Cyn and Will Rogers.

Did this hike with my 4 & 6 year old. It was a great little starter for myself and even better that I could bring my kids along.

Great moderate trail. Nice views, but most of the trial looks out over the mansions of Topanga hills. The “spur” part that juts off the loop trail is not dog friendly. Also, you have to pay for parking at the park, gate closes at sunset.

It was a fun and easy hike. I did it with family and friends who are much older. My family even had sandals and no water too lol.

walking
4 months ago

Great quick hike for a nice view of Bay Area and City all in one.

Not dog friendly. No bikes. State park. So the area below (the field) can have dogs on leash. But no dogs allowed on the trail sadly :/

fun and pretty. very easy hike. good place for a picnic.

Not a sufficient work out

good, easy hike. walked by horses and enjoyed the loop. only complaint is $12 parking.

Started off at noon. Neat park that was gifted to the state of California by Betty, the wife of three great humorist and cowboy philosopher Will Rogers. If you don't know who Will Rogers is, he is worth looking up and learning about. The park cost $12, and has a small parking lot. Will Rogers house open for tours on the hour. Really though, the best feature of the park is the Inspiration Point Trail, a roughly 2.5 mile loop. The views are amazing. From Inspiration Point there are sweeping views of Los Angeles to Santa Monica, and the beach communities all the way down to Palos Verses. Trails are well maintained, and the park was moderately busy. Also, lots of equestrian activity including a polo field.

Dog friendly,but some other trails don’t allowed take dogs. Great view on the ocean!)

Nice trail for what it is. Very short, easy walking, wide trail with a nice view. Good for someone who doesn't want to walk too far or get too dirty.

Great view at Inspiration Point. A little hazy.

This is a easy hike for kids. We saw a rattlesnake (I reckon it was a southern pacific) on our hike today. We went up to the inspiration point and then instead of doubling back to go to the main road, followed a narrow trail that starts at the top and brings you to a T junction. Taking a left takes you to the south of the trail and taking a right takes you to the north end. The snake was just lying on the side of this narrow trail. We stood for a while and then gently walked around it. It was 9:30 am and the snake wasn't moving.

But otherwise a beautiful, easy hike.

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Nice and easy trail with a great view at the top

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

when there early morning it was closed and there's no parking had to go home no bueno

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

I went there Tuesday morning around 9. There were very few people there so it's quiet and peaceful. It's very enjoyable but it's not much a workout. You can hear birds singing along the way and the view was beautiful. The parking was $6 for 2 hours. The restroom by the polo field was very clean.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Very easy. Beautiful views. Can't wait to try the horseback riding. Plenty of green space to picnic and tables.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Just to clarify, this is not the trail that leads up to the telescopes. That one is also called Inspiration Point but it's via the Sam Merrill trail located in Altadena. That hike is 9.1 - 12 miles depending where you start.

The pictures uploaded were a bit misleading, so just FYI...

Thursday, February 23, 2017

love it! Started at the bottom hit Echo mountain first which is on the way then inspiration what a awesome workout 11 miles total.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Great for new hikers or anyone who wants an easy path with a gorgeous view

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Great paths leading to amazing views of the coast and city. Parking varies, $12 flat fee on weekends and holidays, some street parking as well.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Easy, great views. Couldn't figure out how to do the loop and ended up coming down the same way I went up. Very nice day hiking.

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