Thursday, July 19, 2012
Hike 2012.046 -- Temescal Gateway Park to Will Rogers State Historic Park, and Inspiration Point
After my Temescal Canyon and Ridge hike and lunch, I headed off for hike two of the day, from Temescal Gateway Park to Will Rogers State Historic Park. After heading north, past the snack shop again, the loop road was again before me. This time, I took the right side of the loop, where the sign pointed you if you wanted to go to Will Rogers.
The remainder of your hike heads down the canyon, where you lose 150 feet over about a mile, then climb back up along the back of a ridge, gaining 125 feet as you pass near several private homes. Cross a grassy field, with another private home on your right, and the road heading into Will Rogers State Historic Park also on your right. You'll see the entrance station down there, too.
I continued along this trail, past an unsigned trail that headed steeply up the hill on my left. That would be the "bypass" trail I'd take a little later.
Didn't find that. I did find flush toilets and a drinking fountain. Also, a polo field, where Pacific Palisades was taking on Beverly Hills. Yeah, I'd say they'd be part of the 1%. ;D
That way passes north of Inspiration Point, and approaches from the south. The coastal fog still hid the ocean, and even threatened to flow over the polo field.
Snapped some pictures, then headed back the way I came.
Soon enough, I was back, over looking the road that enters Will Rogers park. Then back along the trail towards Rivas Canyon, and, beyond, the connector trail.
Approximately 5.5 miles on this hike. Substantial and steep trail heading to Will Rogers. Easier heading back. No major drop-offs. Dogs are permitted on this trail, unlike most in the state parks.