This post is part of the “Weekend Inspiration Wednesday” series, meant to provide some adventure-planning inspiration in the middle of a long week.

Will Rogers State Park on the northwestern edge of Los Angeles has it all – hiking, ocean and City views, an LA-esque Hollywood history, historic home tours, horseback riding, grills, a wide open field for running, and even a polo field.

The Basics

Location: 1501 Will Rogers State Park Road, Pacific Palisades, CA

Cost: This spot does have a pricier parking fee of $12 but it goes to support the parks, so I’m all for it. There is very limited free parking just outside the park but don’t count on one of those spots.

Hiking: The go-to hiking trail is a moderate 2-mile loop to Inspiration Point. There is also a connecting hike to nearby Temescal Canyon as well as access to the much longer regional Backbone Trail.

Other Activities: Check out the Park’s web site for updated information on tours of Will Rogers’ historic home, horseback rides, and even periodic movies on the lawn.

The Experience

This is our go-to spot for a quick morning or afternoon hike. We’ve been there dozens of times, and yet somehow it took us the better part of a year to get there with boy boys in tow. We went this weekend and had a lovely morning. Here are some highlights.

Starting at the bottom by the parking lot, you come upon the polo field on one side and the historic home and perfect open field on the other side. We enjoyed some good games of catch before and after our hike this weekend, and have had many a picnic on this lawn!

On the trails (with a dinosaur, no less). Our toddler did much of this one on his own, which was exciting! The way up was a bit precarious with him on the loose near some steep drop offs, but the way down has no drop offs and he loved running down the hill toward the horses.

Back at the bottom, checking out the horses.

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Here’s to getting outside this weekend! What is your favorite go-to local hike? 

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