Once Upon a Time In
On this hike, we will cross paths with the famous and the infamous. The famous is the site of the Spahn Ranch movie set for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The infamous is the site of the real Spahn Ranch. Along the way we’ll learn additional Chatsworth history.
Our trek begins at the top of the Old Stagecoach Rd and ventures west and down through Twilight Canyon to Corriganville where Quentin Tarantino created the set for the Spahn Ranch in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. For those of you familiar with the park, you know this isn’t the first movie filmed at Corriganville and we’ll be visiting some of the older movie and TV sites also.
After a little site-seeing and a loop around Corriganville we’ll head up a hill to the 118 and cross under it using a wildlife corridor. From there we’ll take a seldom-used trail to the fork at the Hummingbird Trail and Rocky Peak Trails. Here, we’ll find a rock house — a small room under a rock overhang. It was built as part of a movie set. Across the trail from the rock house is a natural cave above the trail. Rumor has it that an entire family lived there at one time. This a perfect spot for our snack break!
We continue our loop by heading down Rocky Peak Rd and catch the El Camino Nuevo which will bring us to the Spahn Ranch. Nowadays, the ranch is basically nonexistent; its remnants are fully blended into a maze of trees, shrubs and poison oak. We’ll take another snack break at the infamous Manson family cave. Immortalized in a 1969 Time magazine photo/piece about the clan, the rock remains untouched, and offers fans the chance to channel their inner Mansonite for a morbid photo op.
Our return to the Old Stagecoach Rd will take us across the lands once claimed by Chatsworth homesteaders. Hike will be about 8 miles with 1,900 ft total ascent
From the 118 – Exit Rocky Peak Rd, turn right on Santa Susana Rd. After you pass the Rocky Peak exit off the 118 Freeway, start looking to your left for Lilac Lane. Park in corner dirt lot. There is some shoulder parking nearby too.
The lot won’t hold all of us so here are some parking options: https://goo.gl/2kCoLi
Trail statistics are approximate. For safety purposes always assume they are underestimated. But don’t be disappointed if they are overestimated. Bring more water and snacks than you think you’ll need.
Trail descriptions are based on previous hikes. Current conditions are unknown until arrival. Expect the unexpected and plan accordingly.
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