Santa Monica Mountains NRA - Paramount Ranch
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member npsVisitor
N 34° 06.955 W 118° 45.278
11S E 338173 N 3776399
Quick Description: From the NPS Website: In 1927, Paramount Pictures purchased 2,700 acres of the old Rancho Las Virgenes for use as a "movie ranch." The stamp is available inside the ranger station.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 12/26/2018 6:01:25 AM
Waymark Code: WMZR3F
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
Views: 1

Long Description:
From the NPS Website: Paramount Ranch offers several miles of easy to moderate scenic hikes through chaparral, riparian, and valley oak savannah plant communities. Equestrians and mountain bikers may access these multi-use trails. Wildlife sightings might include red-tailed hawks, acorn woodpeckers, blue heron and deer.

Stroll through Western Town and enjoy a shaded picnic area. This real-life motion picture set is altered slightly with each production, yet retains a Western motif.

Sadly, due to the Woosley Fire, (visit link) most of Western Town has burned down. Only the church and what looks like a train or stage coach covered platform with a ticket/telegraph office on one end remains standing. All other buildings have burned down and are closed off with temporary fencing.

I hiked a short 1/2 mile loop up the Coyote Canyon Trail, connecting to the Hacienda trail. It was surreal. Almost everything is black and charred. Only small fan palms survived.
2903 Cornell Road
Agoura Hills, CA US

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