Next to Will Rogers State Historic Park there is a shady canyon with a shady past. The ruins of Murphy Ranch, a compound built by Nazi sympathizers in the 1930s have been left behind to decay in Rustic Canyon. For adventuresome hikers, there is a trail entering Rustic Canyon from the east side of Will Rogers SHP. Beyond the end of the trail, there is a long unmaintained... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: July 22, 2014
At Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook State Park you don't choose between taking the elevator and taking the stairs. Here you decide between the stairs and a meandering dirt trail. You can also drive up to a parking lot near the overlook, but we'll choose to overlook that for now. Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook provides a grand view over LA from a steep hill south of Culver... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: July 19, 2014
Moro Rock is a prominent granite protrusion on the edge of the Giant Forest visible to everyone driving up the Generals Highway into Sequoia National Park from the south. The hike up Moro Rock is a classic, composed of over 350 steps in a picturesque quarter mile climb. Its status as one of the most popular hikes in Sequoia National Park is well earned.Moro Rock rises... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: July 21, 2014
In the 1930s Nazi sympathizers built a refuge in the Pacific Palisades. Herr Schmidt, Winona and Norman Stephens, and their followers occupied a self-contained stronghold in what is now Rustic Canyon between Sullivan Ridge and Will Rodgers State Park. Murphy Ranch was designed to serve as a hold out for fans of the Third Reich waiting for America to fall to the Nazis.... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: July 30, 2014