Local legend has it that some of Gaspar de Portola's scouts spotted a goat atop a summit near Temescal Canyon and named it Goat Peak. More recently, when Will Rogers was asked if he wanted the peak renamed after himself, he replied. "No. I don't want to rob the goat of his glory."
We can grab some of that glory, however. Although the goat's tracks are long gone there is an old hidden trail that will take us to that summit -- marked "1729" on the topo maps. One of the residents who used to hike there in the 60s claims there used to be a register at the peak until 1967 calling the peak "High Point." The trail is steep and loose in some places so bring some good hiking boots.
I haven't been all the way to the peak yet, but Karen & Michael has and they'll lead they way. We'll head north to the peak from our starting point at the top of Chautauqua. After leaving the summit we'll continue north to the Backbone Trail and Rogers Road, take that down to Will Rogers State Park and exit the park via Rivas Canyon trail and back to the cars.
Hike is about 6.5 miles with 1,500 feet total elevation gain. No Beginners due to elevation gain and terrain.
Take Sunset to Chautauqua Blvd and turn north on Chautauqua Blvd. Drive to the end of Chautauqua Blvd (about half a mile) and park on street. Do not park on the private roads. Chautauqua Blvd is about a quarter mile east of Temescal Canyon or 5 miles west of the 405. Click on the map link above for exact directions.