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.
dogs on leash
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.
Good trail. moderate length. And there's a few side trails you can take. enjoyable all the same.
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.
Lots of graffiti, but fairly cool experience. Be on the lookout for poison oak, especially with all the recent rainfall.
the longer trail is the best for the view at the very end of the loop. i clocked about 8 miles. also make sure to go down the looong flight of stairs that looks like it goes into the abyss to see all the graffiti stuff
Trail was fun! Not a beginner trail.