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."
--Jerry Schad , Afoot & Afield Los Angeles County (Wilderness Press).
"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."
--Mark Ross & Brad Fine, Mountain Biking Southern California (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--John McKinney, Los Angeles County: A Day Hiker's Guide (The Trailmaster).
"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."
--Jerry Schad and David Money Harris, 101 Hikes in Southern California: Exploring Mountains, Seashore and Desert (Wilderness Press).
"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."
--Allen Riedel and Monique Riedel, Best Hikes Near Los Angeles (Falcon Guides).
"Cool coastal breezes, an easy-to-navigate path, and sweeping views of the Pacific make this trail popular with families, visitors, and UCLA students."
--Laura Randall, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Los Angeles (Menasha Ridge Press).
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