Short Hike/Walk at Will Rogers Park

Meet at 3:30 PM, but leave at  3:45 PM. Meet in front of the bathroom. We'll go on an approx. 3-4 miles RT. Hike/walk should be under 2 hours.

 May be able to explore his house beforehand--get there earlier. May be able to see a polo game.  This is a relatively easy hike/walk. Beginners should be able to do this. This hike gives good views of the ocean.

Parking:

Park outside the park. There's free parking on the street right before you get there. Check the signs! Some streets are restricted parking! If you park there, you'll have to pay $12!

 

Link:http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=626

Since this is a state park, I don't think dogs are allowed. Anyone know?

 

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.

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  • susan

    Really nice hike and extra extra thanks to Ari and Ed so very much for helping me after......................i really appreciated it!!!!!

    1 · September 15, 2013

    • Peter

      It was towed? Well that's better than the other alternative. Glad you got it back.

      September 16, 2013

    • susan

      Yes, you are right............never had my car towed before.........i parked in front of a fire hydrant??? i really didnt see it..............weeds, etc..........i should have seen it.........but thanks, yes, dealing with a stolen vehicle is at a whole different level.........

      1 · September 18, 2013

  • susan

    Really nice, a good walk/hike to get back into hiking.......nice folks........

    September 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry guys, I brought my pooch on this hike so we have to take the long Inspirational trail instead where dogs are allowed.

    September 15, 2013

  • Dodger J.

    After having a breakfast hike to the Nike tower of 4 miles, I had a main course entree of Will Rogers estate - hold the mayo- 4 miles, and another run up to the Parker Mesa Overlook of 7 miles after also doing PMO the night before. Over 20 miles of trails in 25 hours. On the PMO, on my way down, I was hiking alone and snuck upon a fox - not one of the ladies that I was hiking with earlier, but a grey fox - about the size of a large cat. NO picture, too slow on the draw.

    See you on the next trail. I am doing the beach tomorrow with Katya.

    September 14, 2013

  • Dodger J.

    Great short and sweet

    September 14, 2013

  • Adam S.

    I'm terribly sorry but I have to bail as well. I have too much work. I can't wait to kick it with you guys next time!

    September 14, 2013

  • susan

    hi paula, sounds good, i will try to do the same........

    September 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The website says there are Ranch House tours every hour on the hour till 4pm. Is anyone else going early? I'll get there at 3pm to see at least part of the house before meeting up with the group. Who wants to meet me there?

    September 14, 2013

    • ARI

      IF ILL MAKE IT IN TIME I WOULD LIKE SEE THE HOUSE,THANX

      1 · September 14, 2013

  • Pam S.

    I have to work not sure I will get off work in time to make. I am a Maybe. Sorry for the late notice

    September 14, 2013

  • susan

    Trying to get back into hiking after some leg/back issues...have really missed the very cool hikes and nice folks........thanks for this hike!

    August 25, 2013

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