great place, fantastic views, happy bikers, fantastic lost neighborhood, happy experienced trail folks, reasonable trails, affordable park entrance fee
A radiant beam into the early days of movie stars.. Drive toward the ocean on sunset boulevard and discover the Will Rogers State Historical Park. It is a radiant beam into the early days of movie stars during the 1930s and the incredible and practical wisdom of the greatest of all Americans: Will Rogers. During his short lifetime, he demondstrated how an humble Indian boy from Oklahoma could transpire into the world's best know figure of his time. His final years were spent at the ranch at Pacific Palisades when he wasn't tramping around the world writing news colums, enlightening readers or starring in early day and wonderful motion pictures that 20th Century-Fox now has re-released on DVD. The ranch on Sunset Boulevard is California's finest memorial to a still-important role model.
This movie star's ranch offers polo matches, wildflowers and tree-lined trails..
For a man who claimed to only know what he read in the papers, Will Rogers sure knew his real estate. A wide grassy expanse slopes down the hillside in front of Rogers' unassuming 31-room, split-level ranch house. Ringed by eucalyptus and lush with clover, it's a fine spot for a picnic, a game of Frisbee or lollygagging in the sun. Main attractions include the spring and summer polo matches, a paddock, stables, roping arena and several horse-friendly trails.
Polo 101. This is one of L.A.'s best kept secret. A great day trip! Picnic, hike. watch a polo match, and enjoy a coastal sunset. Worth it to restore & energize!
Very Relaxing. My husband and I took a Sunday drive to the park just to watch the polo match and see the grounds. For many of us who never have an opportunity to see a polo match, this is your chance. The Park entrance fee is affordable and you can pack a picnic to enjoy some quality time with loved ones while watching the polo ponies prance down the field.
Fantastic views and a lost neighborhood. Will Rogers is a great place to start and end a day hike. My favorite hike here takes you up the ridge for great views and back down the eastern canyon through an overgrown street that is now part of the park. Hike up the hill past Inspiration Point continuing up past a bridge. After crossing the bridge, take the next trail down to the right. You will find some erie sights down here as you walk past old foundations and frames of houses long gone. After completing your hike, the polo grounds offer a great place to relax and enjoy the afternoon.
Sun, Sea and Fresh Air. My favorite place to hike in Southern California. This spot is accessible enough from anywhere in L.A. to be a morning, afternoon or all-day activity, depending on your schedule. The trails are reasonable enough for occasional hikers, with enough variety to keep more experienced trail folks and bikers happy. And the views--you'll see from downtown L.A. to Malibu to Palos Verdes and beyond. Simply gorgeous.
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