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 hiked 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 wear decent hiking boots. Bring trekking poles if you use them.
Starting from the top of Chautauqua Blvd, we’ll head north along the eastern ridge of Temescal Canyon to the peak. After leaving the summit we’ll continue north to the Backbone Trail and Rogers Road, take that down to Will Rogers State Historic Park and exit the park via Rivas Canyon trail and back to Chautaqua.
We’ll take a snack break at the big oak tree on Rogers Road. There will also be a short stop at Inspiration Point and at Will Rogers’ house (restrooms available).
There are mellow sections…..
….and then there are the challenging sections
There are spectacular ocean views…..
….then there are lush canyons
Hike is about 7.5 miles with 1,800 feet total ascent (1,200 net). No Beginners due to elevation gain and terrain. But slow hikers are ok 😉
For more photos, check out our previous hikes
From Sunset, drive to the north end of Chautauqua Blvd and park on street. Do not park on the private roads. Walk up the road to the chain-link fence. Navigating the Sunset Blvd/Chautauqua Blvd nexus is non-intuitive and depends on where you re coming from. Click on the map link for best directions.