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 meadow-land 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. (See 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 7 miles with 1,000 feet total ascent (see note below). Brings snacks and 2 qts water. Here are some pics from previous hike — click on a pic to enlarge
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We were there shortly after Woolsey fire and conditions then would alter this hike as written. Check back often for updates as I get more info on current conditions —
Update: Parking and meeting spot has changed to Paramount Ranch (see below). Contractors continue to use Reagan Ranch parking as staging area for post Woolsey fire work.
Ladyface Alehouse & Brasserie
29281 Agoura Road
Agoura Hills, CA 91301, USA
On the northwest corner of Kanan and Agoura Rd (behind Islands)
From the Ventura Freeway (US 101) in Agoura take the Kanan Road off-ramp and turn south. Follow Kanan, turn left on Cornell Way, bear right onto Cornell Road for about 3 blocks. Turn right at the main gate to Paramount Ranch.
From PCH turn north onto Kanan for 6 miles then turn right onto Mulholland. After 5.5 miles turn left onto Cornell Rd. Turn left into Paramount Ranch
WHEN YOU ENTER PARAMOUNT RANCH GO TO THE END OF THE ENTRANCE ROAD (YOU’LL SEE IT AS YOU TURN IN) AND TURN LEFT. PARK NEAR THE END.
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