Murphy Ranch Trail

MODERATE 262 reviews
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Murphy Ranch Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pacific Palisades, California that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and walking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
705 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

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A moderate hike out to the remains of a Nazi camp. 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. Instead, the ranch was raided by U.S. authorities and closed in 1941. The abandoned buildings were transformed into an artists colony in the 60s and 70s, but were abandoned after the Mandeville Canyon Fire in 1978. Today the grounds of Murphy Ranch are uninhabited, dilapidated, covered in graffiti, and open to hikers. While much of the history is lost, several structures remain, along with long cement staircases that still link Murphy Ranch to Sullivan Ridge Fire Road, providing a 3.85-mile hike with 325 feet of elevation gain.

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Parking is free if you park in the residential areas nearby. Pay attention to signs.

Very easy to manage through with plenty of points of interest. One star off for being the dirtiest hike I've done to date. Trash is plenty about!

Beautiful abandoned buildings adorned with graffiti. Careful at the stable it's gated but can easily be bypassed, bees have claimed residency.

Seems to be heavily trafficked. I started at 6am and already saw a handful of people already.

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One of the toughest most challenging hikes by far but a great workout 1,000 stairs.

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