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Secret Staircases of Rustic Canyon + Murphy Ranch

August 10 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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A hidden staircase, the longest public staircase in Los Angeles, drops 24 stories into the middle of lush Rustic Canyon.


There are actually two staircases with over 500 steps — each! We’ll use the longest one to climb our way out of Rustic Canyon toward the end of our loop.

Here are some photos from previous hikes. Click on pic to enlarge



What does the inventor of the photobooth, The Beach Boys, a bunch of WWII-era NAZIs and Charlie Manson have in common? Answer will be revealed during hike!

I will combine a 6-mile hike with the stairs taking in Rustic and Sullivan Canyons by way of little known trails creating a loop with about 1,100 ft total ascent. Along the way we’ll visit Murphy Ranch, a 1930s hideout where, according to urban myth, Third Reich sympathizers could sequester themselves until German rule had been established in the USA


Directions to Trailhead

From Sunset Blvd, 3 miles west of the 405, turn north at the light onto Capri Drive. After 1/3 mile continue through the traffic circle, remaining on Capri Drive for another 1/3 mile until it comes to and end at Casale Road. Sullivan Ridge Fire road begins to the left but do not turn left on Casale Rd. Find street parking to the right or on an adjacent roads below.

After you park, walk to the corner of Capri Dr and Casale Rd. This is where we will meet and check in.

Trailhead coordinates: 34.061097, -118.504121

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August 10
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Sullivan Ridge at Casale Rd
Capri Drive and Casale Road
Los Angeles, CA 90272 US
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