National Trails Day® is a celebration of trails that evolved from the report of President Ronald Reagan’s President’s Commission on Americans Outdoors. In 1987, the report recommended that all Americans be able to go out their front doors and within fifteen minutes, be on trails that wind through their cities or towns and bring them back without retracing steps. The recommendation, dubbed Trails for All Americans, became the impetus behind several public and private parties joining American Hiking Society in launching National Trails Day® in 1993. National Trails Day is always the first Saturday in June.
In light of the history of NTD, this year we’ll celebrate at the old Reagan Ranch
Reagan Ranch (1957-1967), now part of Malibu Creek State Park, is a delight for hikers, who can enjoy the ranch’s rolling meadowland and grand old oaks. Trails loop through the Reagan Ranch and connect with the main part of the state park. We’ll use a combination of trails–Yearling, Deer Leg, Lookout, Crags Road and Cage Canyon–to explore Reagan Country and the heart of the park.
We’ll also be visiting the exterior set for the long-running television show M*A*S*H. The medic tents have been removed, but the location is still recognizable, providing a rich experience for hikers. 9See note below)
Between the MASH set and the ranch we’ll enjoy a short snack break at Century Lake. Part of the famous jump into the river by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Paul Newman & Robert Redford) was done by stuntmen at Century Lake because the river in Colorado seen in the film wasn’t deep enough to support such a high jump.
On our return to the ranch we’ll take a side trip to a scenic vista point at the top of Lake View Trail will It will provide us a beautiful view of Malibou Lake and the surrounding mountains. Reagan was the honorary mayor of Malibou Lake in 1953.
Hike will be about 6.5 (see note below) miles with 1,000 feet total ascent. Brings snacks and 2 qts water. Here are some pics from previous hike — click on a pic to enlarge
The Old Reagan Ranch parking lot is on the Southeast corner of Cornell Rd and Mullholland Hwy
From the Ventura Freeway (US 101) in Agoura take the Kanan Road offramp and turn south. Follow Kanan, turn left on Cornell Way, bear right onto Cornell Road for a couple miles, cross Mulholland and turn left into Reagan Ranch.
From PCH/Santa Monica turn right onto Malibu Canyon for 6.3 miles then turn left onto Mulholland Hwy. After 3.2 miles turn left onto Lake Vista Dr (Cornell Rd). Turn left into Reagan Ranch
I made a little graphic to help organize the parking. You can view it in the photo gallery here: http://www.meetup.com/localhikers/photos/27015347/450673879/
Try to park as densely as possible around the dirt lot (parking is free) in a way to allow room for a center row. I believe curbside parking is OK on Lake Vista Dr if we need it — I don’t see any No Parking signs in Street View, and there is plenty of room on shoulders.
Here is a great way to become familiar with all our local trails