Murphy Ranch Trail

MODERATE 232 reviews
#1 of 3 trails in

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

dogs on leash

hiking

walking

views

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.

1 day ago

Easy to get to from the city but a little underwhelming, weird nazi camp action. Signage poor. One good view of the sea.

1 day ago

2 days ago

Loved it

2 days ago

Awesome hike! Was a bit of a workout but very fun and adventurous.

hiking
3 days ago

Very creepy-cool place for a hike. Going up and down the stairs was quite the workout. Loved the graffiti artwork, made for some really cool photos. Did not love that there were spray cans and trash all over. Be nice and pick up your own trash. ✌

hiking
3 days ago

This was an interesting place but I found the stairs which may be some of the longest I've ever used a little more challenging than "moderate". I'd like there to be a moderately difficult description instead of just easy moderate and difficult. Because it wasn't difficult but more than moderate. Either way cool hike

9 days ago

9 days ago

10 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

21 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Good trail. moderate length. And there's a few side trails you can take. enjoyable all the same.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy, flat trail. There are a few paths to the Murphy building. You could travel down steps and there are a few sets or stay on the trail which winds to the left and into a deep, heavy wooded area. I recommend staying on the path, you'll see a bunch of burnt, abandoned ruins. Before reaching the ranch, don't forget to check out the water tank, pretty cool. lots of graffiti everywhere. Parking on the street, easy.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

1 month ago

walking
1 month ago

1 month ago