Will Rogers Trail

Topanga State Park, California 91426

Distance1.9mi
Elevation Gain1,029ft
Trailhead Elevation422ft
Top590ft
Elevation Min/Max295/590ft
Elevation Start/End422/422ft

Will Rogers Trail

Will Rogers Trail is a hiking trail in Los Angeles, California. It is within Will Rogers State Historic Park, Topanga State Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, and Rustic Canyon Park. It is 1.9 miles long and begins at 422 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,029 feet. Along the trail there is a viewpoint.

Will Rogers Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Drive up a short mile from the speedway known as Sunset Boulevard toward Will Rogers State Historic Park, and you’ll instantly leave the rat race behind. Especially on weekdays or early on weekend mornings, this quiet spot is perfect for getting some exercise and taking advantage of multimillion-dollar views of Santa Monica, West L.A., and downtown."

"Backbone Trail starts in Will Rogers State Historic Park. Highlights include an awesome downhill with some steep sections. The trail's tread is singletrack and hardpacked dirt."

"Will Rogers, often called the “Cowboy Philosopher,” bought a spread in the Santa Monica Mountains in 1922. He and his family eventually enlarged their weekend cottage to 31 rooms. The Oklahoma-born Rogers toured the country as a trick roper, punctuating his act with humorous comments on the news of the day. His roping act led the humorist to later fame as a newspaper columnist, radio commentator and movie star. Today, the ranch and grounds of the Rogers Ranch is maintained as Will Rogers State Historic Park, set aside in 1944. You can see a short film on Rogers’ life at the park visitor center and tour the ranch house, still filled with his prized possessions. Rogers himself designed the riding trails that wind into the hills behind his ranch. The path to Inspiration Point is an easy family walk."

"Drive up a short mile from the speedway known as Sunset Boulevard toward Will Rogers State Historic Park, and you’ll instantly leave the rat race behind. Especially on weekdays or early on weekend mornings, this quiet spot is perfect for getting some exercise and taking advantage of multimillion-dollar views of Santa Monica, West L.A., and downtown L.A."

"Will Rogers State Historic Park is the 186-acre ranch where the renowned Hollywood personality lived and pursued his passions. Visitors to the park can visit his ranch, a small museum, and take a hike around the property to the majestic sweeping view at Inspiration Point."

"Cool coastal breezes, an easy-to-navigate path, and sweeping views of the Pacific make this trail popular with families, visitors, and UCLA students."

Will Rogers Trail Reviews

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3/14/2012
I love this ride. Do it as much as possible. Wear long pants if you have allergy to the poison oak. I like to start from Will Rogers state park and climb up to the temescal fire road, that leaves the single track coming down a great reward for the pain of getting up it. 6.5 and almost the whole thing is downhill from temescal fire road.
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7/7/2009
Great hike- at the top there is an amazing view with all of Los Angles.
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11/27/2001
I start this ride at the bottom of Reseda Blvd at Caballero Canyon. This gets the heart pumping and blood in the legs by the time you reach "the Hub." Pass the hub about a mile to the new trailhead that wraps around the hilltop and down onto Backbone. From this point on it's pretty much crazy fast, but watch for large ruts than will stink-bug you if you fly into them. There is only one section that is really difficult, and that is a loose rocky section about 3/4 of the way to the old bridge. Sometimes I clean it, sometimes I don't! It is all very fast and fun, but watch for the railroad ties at the very bottom, near Will Rogers. They are a b*@#h to get back up. With the addition of Caballero Cyn., this ride takes at least a couple of hours and can be fairly strenuous on the return climb out. Just think of the fun of descending the all singletrack downhill back to the car at Cab.Canyon!
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Topanga State Park
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