Corriganville Movie Ranch Walk

Meet at 1:15 PM in the parking lot.  We'll explore this former movie ranch. If your parents grew up in LA, they probably heard about this place.  At one time it had more visitors than Knott's Berry Farm! Unfortunately it got burned down. All you'll see are the foundations of the sets. This walk is around 1- 2 miles RT. It is an easy flat walk! This hike is for beginners! This hike is for movie buffs, people who like nature (cool rock formations around), and people interested in plants (lots of signs explaining the different plants you are looking at), and history buffs (you'll see a site where Chinese workers camped building the railroad). This hike is for everyone! This is at a park, so it is ALL FREE!

 

 

3 Options you can do after the hike:

1. After the Walk Potluck

There are some picnic tables people/group can meet afterwards. Optional to bring something to share.

 

 

2. Or Explore "Garden of the Gods" Neat Rock Formations Afterwards (it is nearby)

http://www.lamountains.com/parks.asp?parkid=16

 

3. Or Explore Rocky Peak Park Afterwards:

I haven't done Rocky Peak Park before. It will be exploratory hike for me. Only come if you don't mind not knowing where we are going--like exploring. I'll bring a map.

Directions: From the San Fernando Valley, head west on the 118 Freeway and exit at Rocky Peak Road. Park on the north side of the off-ramp. PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON THE BRIDGE or in front of the gate.

 

From Simi Valley, head east on the 118 and exit at Kuehner Drive. Go right (south) on Kuehner until it becomes Santa Susana pass Road. Follow it east to the top of the pass and the parking area.

 Parking:

 Address: 118 Freeway to Yosemite Avenue going north. Turn right on Flanagan and follow to the end., Simi Valley. We'll meet in parking lot.

http://lamountains.com/parks.asp?parkid=51

 

 

 

 

More Info:

Corriganville is a lovely 246 acre park. The interpretive trail meanders down an oak shaded trail on both sides of a small creek, with interpretive signs detailing both nature and the 3500 movies made at this location almost 40 years ago. The slightly longer Loop trail takes you though some of the spectacular sandstone formations.

The park featured stuntmen shows, movie lots, a working western town, Indian crafts, stagecoach rides, pony rides, and boating on a lake. It attracted as many as 20,000 people on weekends.

Built on land purchased by Corrigan in 1937, the ranch provided scenery as well as man-made structures and sets, and was the backdrop for movies and television programs such as  Ambush, Circus Boy, Cisco Kid, Death Valley Days, Fort Apache, Gene Autry, The Juggler, Gunsmoke, Have Gun Will Travel, Kit Carson, Mississippi Gambler, Nebraskan, Range Buster, Rin Tin Tin, The Robe, Robin Hood, Roy Rogers, Sheriff of Cochise, Tales of Wells Fargo, Three Mesquiteers, Wyatt Earp, Fort Apache, Buffalo Bill in Tomahawk Territory, The Robe, Creature from the Black Lagoon,  The African Queen, The Lone Ranger, The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, Sky King, and Star Trek.

The visual environment was that of a picturesque California oak woodland. The ranch provided terrain such as lakes, mountains, caves, large boulders, and rock outcroppings and overhangs. The small man-made lake featured a bunker with windows that would allow underwater scenes to be shot. Estimates of the number of movies and television shows filmed there range from the hundreds to the thousands.

Tourism

The ranch was open to the public on weekends and holidays from 1949 to 1965. For an admission price of one dollar, one could experience stuntman shows, actors (often Crash himself) signing autographs, and movie locations including a western town (“Silvertown”), frontier fort ("Fort Apache"), and Mexican village, all made up of real structures and not just set fronts.

Transition

In 1965 Ray Corrigan sold the property, which was acquired by comedian and property speculator Bob Hope. A housing subdivision called Hopetown was developed and built on a parcel near the park entrance. In the late 1960s and early 1970s part of the site was used for motorcycle racing. In 1970 the ranch was swept by fire. One of the last movies filmed there was Vigilante Force (1976). In 1979 another fire destroyed virtually all of the remaining structures. In 1988, 190 acres (0.77 km2) of land comprising the principal working areas of the original Corriganville Ranch were purchased by the City of Simi Valley for use as a Regional Park.

Regional Park

Now named Corriganville Regional Park, the site of Corriganville Movie Ranch is a public park operated by Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District.

The park has various concrete and brick foundations, the remains of movie and theme park buildings. Several signs present photographs and descriptions of filming locations. Hiking trails provide views from dramatic rock formations that made the park a popular filming location from 1930s to 1960s. The park and the entire Santa Susana Pass area has many sites and vistas seen in movies and especially 1950s television "westerns".

The park's eastern area is part of the Santa Susana Pass wildlife corridor connecting the Simi Hills (and the Santa Monica Mountains) with the Santa Susana Mountains (and Tehachapi Mountains and San Gabriel Mountains). Hiking trails provide exploration and views. Rocky Peak Park is adjacent to the east.[4] Several historic photos and pieces of memorabilia from Corriganville are on display at the nearby Santa Susana Depot.

See also

 

Links: http://www.corriganville.net/

http://www.lamountains.com/parks.asp?parkid=99

http://www.phantomranch.net/bwestern/thingstosee.htm

 

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  • James S.

    Nice, friendly group. Beautiful day at the ranch.

    March 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      So great running into you.."ol pal from 25 years ago!!!

      March 10, 2013

    • James S.

      Nice surprise running into you too

      March 11, 2013

  • Bob W

    Nice, but maybe too short.

    March 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was cool. Lived in simi many years and never been back there...really enjoyed. very easy, nice day. i really enjoyed the Rocky Peak hike after; great workout and it was gorgeous there.

    March 9, 2013

  • ed

    If you liked this, then you'll love the Cowboy Festival at Melody Ranch next month. It is one of the few times the public can visit a Western film set. Deadwood, Django Unchained and tons of other movies were filmed there. I posted the Cowboy Festival on this Meetup.

    March 9, 2013

  • Christine

    It was a little too easy but so pleasant. We stayed another hour. Next time we will bring ice drinks for all.

    March 9, 2013

  • Maria

    Hello everyone!!! Kosmo and I enjoy the walk today. Really interesting and sad at the same time to see what it was left.

    March 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed the hike. Wish it was a more challanging and longer--but I understand it was listed as a very easy and short hike. Nice crowd. Everyone seemed friendly! Ran into a friend I hadn't seen in YEARS...so that was the highlight!

    March 9, 2013

  • Jan

    Can't make it after all but sure looks like a fun event!

    March 9, 2013

  • Kathleen

    Something unavoidable has come up. I'm so sorry!

    March 9, 2013

  • Aaron S.

    Count me as a maybe.. (only allows yes or no on the mobile app)

    March 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Cool place..with with PM hikers recently...

    March 8, 2013

  • ed

    Looks like the weather will be ok tomorrow. After the hike I'm going to explore nearby Rocky Peak. I've never done it, so I DON'T know the trail. I'll bring a map. If someone who knows it wants to come, that would be cool. I read that Rocky Peak has some neat cave and rock formations.

    March 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    how long does it take to do the hike

    March 7, 2013

    • ed

      Short. Around 1 hour or less.

      March 8, 2013

  • Debra

    This will be my first hike with your group. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone.

    March 8, 2013

  • Edwin

    Can't make it.

    March 7, 2013

  • Leonie

    I'm already excited especially that my 6yr old son will join me to my first outing/hiking with this group. I'm looking forward to meeting new friends. (*_*)

    March 6, 2013

    • Leonie

      Ed, I think I will be the one to get disappointed seeing no cowboys there. lol! just kidding! but yeah, my son might be looking for horses. hahahah! i better give him a short briefing to prep him before we go there. ;)

      Christine, thanks! I'm glad. I'm sure he will make new "people" friends as well. He said he has as many "people" friends as kid friends. lol! He's a friendly little dude! He can play all day running around and chasing with his friends but he gets tired easily walking with mommy in between rows of shelves of a grocery store...that's why I decided to take him with me to this 1-2 miles walk. lol! I want to introduce him to the outdoors as early as now. Besides, there's something about the outdoors that home technology (computers, tablets, etc.) can't offer.

      March 7, 2013

    • ed

      There will be lots of cowboys at the Cowboy Festival next month.

      March 7, 2013

  • Liz K.

    Hi guys. This is right in my back yard. My Daughter has a game at 1:30, but maybe I'll mosey on over and see if I can join the group around 3ish. There is a great tunnel at the East end of the park up a little switch back. It takes you under the Fwy.

    March 7, 2013

  • Leonie

    Hi Ed! I want to bring my 6yr old son to this hike. Is it okay?

    March 6, 2013

    • ed

      Yes!

      March 6, 2013

    • Leonie

      Great! Thank you! :)

      March 6, 2013

  • ed

    Don't worry people, I'm not going to ask for a sweep on this one! It is a small park so people can't get lost.
    Some people may have worried. LOL

    March 5, 2013

  • joe

    sorry have my kids this weekend

    March 5, 2013

  • Jason G.

    haven't been there yet . sounds fun !

    March 4, 2013

  • James S.

    Looking forward to the event

    March 4, 2013

  • Maria

    Hello!! Everyone!!! Great that someone is taking her dog. Me and my pom would love to go... If there is any inconvenience please let me know ;0)

    February 27, 2013

  • leslie

    I live right here! I come here often with my daughter, there is a very flat area that is great for bike riding. We often see mountain bike lessons here.

    February 20, 2013

    • joe

      they ten to get under your feet and could cause a trip or worse

      February 21, 2013

    • ed

      Leslie, did you get my message about possibly guiding us at Rocky Peak or Hummingbird trails afterwards?

      February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Leslie---I like the idea of continuing the hike after.

    February 21, 2013

  • Kathy

    Thanks Ed! I may or may not bring him, but if I do I'll have him on leash. Seriously, if anyone is uncomfortable with dogs please let me know in posts or feel free to privately email. I want to be respectful of everyone's preference. Thanks!

    February 20, 2013

  • Kathy

    It looks fun, does anyone mind if my blue heeler mix dog tags along?

    February 20, 2013

    • ed

      The link to the park above doesn't mention dogs being allowed. Personally I don't mind as long as he is on a leash. I didn't see any rangers there--no ranger station. It is a small park.

      February 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Look forward to it! Sounds like fun.

    February 20, 2013

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