Rustic Canyon Trail Will Rogers State Historic Park Los Angeles Brentwood Pacific Palisades Murphy Ranch Nazi sympathizer ruins hike
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: Published: Last updated: August 22, 2016
Temescal Peak Temescal Ridge Topanga State Park
Temescal Peak rises over a wide region of the Santa Mountains triangulated between the Pacific Palisades, Topanga, and Calabasas. The peak sits on Temescal Ridge, which runs north to south between Santa Ynez Canyon and Temescal Canyon in Topanga State Park. There is only seventy vertical feet separating the summit from Temescal Ridge Trail, a service road running down... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: July 20, 2016
Skull Rock Topanga State Park Pacific Palisades - Skull Rock: head-shaped outcropping on Temescal Ridge in Topanga State Park
Skull Rock sits on the shoulders of Temescal Ridge north of Temescal Gateway Park, delivering broad views over Santa Monica Bay. The head-shaped sandstone formation can be reach as an extension of Temescal Canyon Loop, bringing the hike to 3.8 miles. Skull Rock can also be reached via trailheads farther up Temescal Ridge. The nearest trailhead, located in the Palisades... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: July 20, 2016
Rivas Canyon Trail between Temescal Gateway Park and Will Rogers State Park Rivas Canyon Hike
Rivas Canyon lies between Will Rogers State Park and Temescal Gateway Park. Rivas Canyon Trail crosses the ridge east of Temescal Canyon and travels down rustic Rivas Canyon to connect the two parks on a single-track that is 2.1 miles from end to end with 480 feet of elevation between the high and low points of the trail. Looking up Temescal Canyon from the start of... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: August 22, 2016
temescal canyon hike Temescal Gateway Park Santa Monica Mountains Pacific Palisades California Temescal Gateway Park
Temescal Canyon Loop offers a good workout along with ocean and canyon views. Temescal Gateway Park is situated just off Sunset Blvd in the Pacific Palisades, and this convenient urban location makes Temescal Canyon Loop a very popular hike. The basic dimensions of the loop is 2.6 miles with 860 feet of elevation gain, but the hike can be expanded to four miles or longer... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: July 19, 2016
Los Liones Trail Parker Mesa Overlook Topanga State Park sunset boulevard Palisades Hike bench ocean view ivy romantic hike lovers trail
Los Liones Trail weaves through a lush canyon just a mile from the Pacific Ocean. Slivers of big blue sea can be seen from much of the ivy and chaparral-lined hike. After 1.3 miles and 550 feet of elevation gain, the trail arrives at a ridge-top clearing that looks down on the Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, and the ocean beyond. Have a seat on the bench and watch slow... Read more.
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Distance: 2.6 miles · Elevation change: 550 feet
By: Published: Last updated: July 19, 2016
Parker Mesa Overlook hike East Topanga Fire Road Topanga State Park Los Angeles California Paseo Miramar hike
Parker Mesa Overlook is located on the west side of Topanga State Park, which holds the distinction of being: The world's largest wildland within the boundaries of a major city. This distinguishes it from Griffith Park: The largest municipal park and urban wilderness area in the United States. Both parks offer great hikes, and the trek to Parker Mesa Overlook... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: July 19, 2016
Santa Ynez Canyon Trail to Eagle Rock in Topanga State Park in the Santa Monica Mountains, Los Angeles, Vereda de La Montura, Pacific Palisades, Sunset Boulevart, Hike, trail, sandstone summit
The craggy sandstone summit of Eagle Rock rises over Topanga State Park, delivering panoramic views of the Santa Monica Mountains. The shortest trail to awesome prominence is a four-mile hike from Trippet Ranch to Eagle Rock. For a more challenging trek, explore this 7.4-mile round trip hike ascending 1,400 feet from Santa Ynez Canyon to the 1,957-foot summit of Eagle... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: August 31, 2016
Santa Ynez Falls Santa Ynez Canyon Topanga State Park Pacific Palisades Waterfall Hike Los Angeles
Santa Ynez Falls Trail follows a shaded creek to a gorge containing a short waterfall. This 2.5-mile hike is a popular family outing because it is fairly level (just 250 feet of elevation gain) and interesting enough to hold a child's attention for the duration. The hike begins from a free trailhead into Topanga State Park in the Pacific Palisades. Descend from the... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: August 23, 2016
Hiking to the Nazi ruins of Murphy Ranch in Rustic Canyon from Sullivan Ridge Fire Road. Cement stairs, trail, hike, Topanga State Park, Will Rogers, Santa Monica Mountains, Pacific Palisades Los Angeles, graffiti buildings
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: Published: Last updated: January 9, 2017

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