Murphy Ranch Trail

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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
554 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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14 days ago

Do you like stairs? Do you like graffiti? Do you hate Nazis but like their hideouts? Then this is the hike for you! Pro tip: park on Casale Street to the right and the walk down to the trailhead via Capri to the left.

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19 days ago

Loved this place! We found a short cut that took probably 15 -20 minutes off the hike. We were able to see a graffiti artist at work while we were hiking. Very easy hike. Perfect for a light workout. The spray painted directions on the ground was very helpful. Great scenery

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1 month ago

Excellent hike. The weather was great and the scenery was just as great.

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1 month ago

Really cool hike. We went down the stairs and back up the trail. You could do it either way. The stairs were difficult to go down at times, as they are uneven and there is no rail. We wondered if it would be easier to hike UP the stairs.

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