Will Rogers State Park to Backbone Trail

  • Highlights: chaparral, views of Los Angeles, guided tour of historical landmark
  • Near: Pacific Palisades, CA
  • Distance: 4 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 900 ft
  • Hike Time: 2 hours
  • Difficulty: 4/10
  • Trail Condition: well maintained trail
  • Parking Fee: $12
  • Trail head map: Click here for Google map
  • Detailed map: Click here
  • Rating: 3/5


This trail starts at the former home of Will Rogers and leads you along the start of the Backbone trail up to a sweeping view of the Los Angeles area.  Tours are available on weekends for this famous historical landmark. I found it well worth my time. This is a great family hike since it doesn’t go very far from civilization.



From Los Angeles: 10 fwy (west) to Pacific Coast Hwy (north) to Sunset Bl. (right) to Will Roger State Park Rd. (left) to trailhead.

will rogers polo field

Will Rogers Polo Field

ken on backbone trail

Ken on Backbone Trail


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