Murphy’s Ranch: Abandoned Stronghold – Graffiti and Urban Decay (Hike)

During the WWI, Winona and Norman Stephens were convinced by a German named Herr Schmidt that when Germany ultimately won the war, the American government would not be able to stay afloat thus leading to a time of anarchy in the United States. They invested over $4 million building a ranch, power station, machine shed, fully irrigated hillside for growing food, raised gardens, a massive water tank and even a place to store diesel fuel. They also built multiple cement stairs up the side of the neighboring hill to help with the farming and to patrol the area. They planned to build a four story mansion here as well but it was said to have fallen through. Now it’s a site of graffiti and urban decay. A perfect place for photographers to wander!

Specifics:
This is a hike of about 4 miles round trip and about 600 feet of elevation. It should take about an hour to reach the ranch once we park. The hike includes over 500 (steep) stairs. We will take our time getting to and from the ranch.

Bring a sack lunch, water, sunscreen and good walking shoes/boots.

Carpool:
At 8:00 we'll leave from the Fullerton Park-n-Ride, where the 5, 91, Orangethorpe & Magnolia come together.

Non-carpool. Meet at 9:00 - 9:15 where the Sullivan Fire Road meets Casale Drive, Pacific Palisades.

Thanks to JoshMc for all the great information. California through My Lens Blog

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  • Mike

    I keep getting emails saying that photos have been uploaded for this event, but nothing is showing up. Waddup with that?

    November 9, 2013

  • Mike

    Had a blast. I've lived in SoCal for 52 years and I've mt. biked Sullivan Canyon for the past 25 or so years, and I never even knew this existed. Thanks Angela.

    November 9, 2013

  • Aaron

    Something came up, sorry I will not be able to make it either! Have fun!

    November 9, 2013

  • T

    I am not feeling well. Sorry I can't make it.

    November 9, 2013

  • Albert F.

    I can't make it.

    November 9, 2013

  • Sharlene

    Will be meeting at the trailhead at 9

    November 8, 2013

  • Mike

    3 of us will be meeting at the trail head. See you all there.

    November 8, 2013

  • Heather

    Would love to go but its a bit of a drive from Century City for me. Have fun. Look forward to seeing photos

    November 8, 2013

    • Mike

      You're the closest person to this location. lol

      November 8, 2013

  • Yolanda A.

    David y,
    I will see you tomorrow.

    November 8, 2013

  • Carol S.

    I'm afraid I won't be able to join the outing tomorrow. Too bad! Looks fascinating and the weather is going to be glorious!

    November 8, 2013

  • David Y

    I would like to have car pool at the Fullerton. Thank You!

    November 8, 2013

  • David Y

    I will car pool

    November 8, 2013

  • Yolanda A.

    I will be going with a friend and will meet at the Sullivan/Casale location at 0900.

    November 8, 2013

  • Jen

    Sorry, something came up last minute and I won't be able to make it

    November 5, 2013

  • Roger E.

    Hello

    I will be at the park and ride on Saturday. Looking forward to this day.

    November 5, 2013

  • Brie A.

    First meetup :) sounds awesome can't wait!

    October 29, 2013

  • cristina

    Hi ebie,
    Look forward to seeing you

    1 · October 24, 2013

    • Ebie

      Meee too, It was fun at Cambria!

      October 26, 2013

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