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

Length 3.4 mi Elevation gain 633 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Partially paved

Views

Historic site

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Getting There

Be advised. This hike involves stairs and quite a lot of them! Be mindful of this if you’re bringing your dog or looking for a hike and you haven’t done one in quite awhile. You have to do the stairs on the way up, so make sure you save some energy for it! They’re kind of steep and can be brutal if you’re not ready for it. The road to there has great views of the coastline. First part of the walk is on a road. You have to park in the neighborhood. Then from there basically follow the graffiti ! There’s no shade on the road. You come to a yellow gate that blocks cars, keep going. You’ll come to another fence with an opening and you’ll see stairs to the right. 524 steps. It is best to walk clockwise in the loop, starting by going down the stairs to the left. The stairs are long and a bit short and narrow - so watch your step! At the bottom of the stairs continue left to walk around the compound. It is super interesting to see 1930's structures here knowing it was an old ant-semitic / Nazi activity campground.

Street parking on Casale Road or an adjacent road.

From Sunset Boulevard, 3 miles west of the 405, turn north at the light onto Capri Drive. After 1/3 mile continue through the traffic circle, remaining on Capri Drive for another 1/3 mile until it comes to and end at Casale Road. Sullivan Ridge Fire road begins to the left.

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Ryan Dulong
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HikingBugsGreat!No shadeOver grown

This is a great trail to go on if you want to spend a few hours taking edgy pictures in broken down buildings. It’s a fairly easy hike with few steep sections. I really enjoyed this hike and would probably do it again with my friends.

Angela Song
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Hiking

the murphy ranch east stairs are a great workout. about 500 stairs one way (give or take a few, i lost count breathing so hard...)

Beth Pollak
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Hiking

This was a fun weekday hike and workout. Not too difficult except for the stairs !!! So mysterious to find the trail in the middle of the residential area and then find the old compound in the canyon !!! Super sunny if it’s hot outside, so bring hat and sunblock.

Andy Andersen
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Hiking

Nice hike, the stairs are a heck of a workout! Keep attention for bikers on the curves

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Gee Hogan
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Hiking

Good, easy if you stay on track. I got lost a few times, little areas where you think your going the right way when you notice you need to re track. Just pay attention to the map when you feel like your heading the wrong way until you get used to the trail. Well at least this one because I seen other trails easy to continue heading to. Hope this help Good shade I ended up going up which look like over 200 stairs instead up coming down that way. So I went backwards by mistake .. but worth the elevation and workout

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Christina Hanna
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Hiking

One of my favorites.

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Jasmine Rodriguez
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HikingGreat!
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Katherine Acosta
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Hiking

the full hike is great when I got to the part with the stairs I chose to go down them first since it is a loop and it would make me avoid going up them. when you start getting to the end where you loop back some of the trail is obscured by trees but it wasn't hard to go around them. make sure to watch your footing as theres alot of loose ground and rocks. An overall great place to hike and social distance.

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Courtney McIntyre da Silva
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Hiking

Great hike, cool spots, stairs are killer. However, most of the bicyclists are HUGE A-HOLES!!! Some of the spots are narrow and lots of curves, a lot of the bicyclists were flying down not saying anything till they were on top of you and then expecting you to scale the side of the mountain so they can fly down. There were lots of families and dogs it was after 10 am if these guys want to race down they should show up much earlier. To the 50+ year old man that shouted in my niece's face because YOU almost hit her! Do not ever shout at a young girl being a grown-ass man! Talk to me or my husband and we'll gladly handle your bullshit! Instead, you shouted at a child and rode away like a little P*@&y.

Justine Robles
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HikingOver grownRockyScramble

Super fun and cool trail. Some parts I was like “woah! I don’t think I can” but I did it. Stairs are a killer! But rewarding when you reach the top.

Jenil Brown
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Hiking

Parking in neighborhood. Nice easy trail. Stairs are a great workout. Started at 7am not crowded at all by bikers or hikers.

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Shaina Sandoval
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Hiking

Loved this trail, perfect balance how ever there are bees on the staircase just FYI

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Jared Forkner
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HikingBugsOver grown

Enjoyed this for the most part. Some over grown areas and sadly the steps have a bee hive, so we went back down and then up the road. Views were great and not too many people.

Stephen Odom
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HikingBugsNo shadeOver grown

garbage. I definitely have West Nile from all the mosquitos. Not crowded, Easy free residential street parking. Easy hike tho, not difficult at all

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Simran Kumari
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HikingBugsOver grown
Robby Swope
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Hiking

First time on this trail and Hiked the full loop with a friend for sunset. Beautiful views of Santa Monica and down the coastline, seen from the paved road snaking along the mountainside (first mile or so). Lots of graffiti, which is interesting, and many trees and shade cover as we descended down into the valley. We were running out of light so we plunged forward into the overgrown part of the trail (the trail sign to Will Rogers) that connects back up as a loop. Had no idea how overgrown it would be, and definitely had no idea about the massive and steep staircase that brings you back to the road!! Such an ominous and interesting vibe at night, but it was an adventure and a very interesting hike all around! Will be back during the day to soak in the sights. Happy hiking!

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Nick Kiang
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HikingOver grown

Great trail, lots of areas to veer off trail and see the graffiti areas. Went on Sunday late afternoon and was able to park for free on the nearby residential streets. Not many people wearing masks but everyone we passed we nice and respectful.

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Tay Williams
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HikingOver grown

Nice hike to catch up with an old friend while getting in a few steps. Graffiti landmark is a bonus.

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Gilbert Bustamante
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HikingOff trailOver grownRocky

Great hike. Lots of different ways to get down. Will Rodgers path. Then the stairs then the street. Good hike overall !

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