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Old Stagecoach Trail @ Santa Susana Pass Park

We're going to hike the old stagecoach trail! What is cool about this trail is that you'll see the marks left in the trail from the old stagecoaches!!!! We'll also hike to Devil's Slide where people used to take their stagecoaches! You won't believe stagecoaches could go down it! It is quite steep! This will be the steep part of the trail.

This is a neat hike because it has really neat rock formations!

Meeting Spot:

Meet at 2 PM in front of the Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery--don't worry we're NOT hiking in a cemetery. This cemetery is a beautiful place for a final resting place! We'll leave at 2:15 PM. We'll go on an approx. 4 miles RT hike. It has 700 feet elevation gain (to Devil's Slide). Bring water and sneakers with good traction.

Dogs ok as long as they are on a leash.

Don't recommend this hike for beginners--unless they are in decent shape.

History:

The trail’s precipitous drop earned it the

name “Devil’s Slide.” Drivers employed various

strategies to keep from losing control of the

stagecoach. Often during the descent, drivers

asked passengers to get out and walk, or to

carry rocks with which to block the wheels.

Mules and horses were blindfolded and coaxed

to descend the pass. At times the iron rims of

the locked coach wheels sparked against the

sandstone. One passenger described seeing

a “streak of fire” caused by the wagons’ brake

shoes rubbing against the iron wheel rims.



In the 1860s, travel between the San Fernando and Simi valleys (and all the way to San Francisco) meant riding a stagecoach on the rugged Old Santa Susana Stage Road with its perilous section, Devil’s Slide, a short, bone-rattling path so steep drivers would blindfold their horses before heading down it. Today, you can travel this trail by foot, hiking on the Old Stagecoach Trail in 680-acre Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park. Discover just how rough the journey over the Simi Hills must have been on a rocky, 3-mile round-trip hike climbing 700 feet along sandstone cliffs.

Movies Filmed Here:

The Spahn Ranch

The park’s sandstone bedrock gives a

wide-open “badlands” look, used as the

background for many western films and

television programs. The 500-acre Spahn

Ranch, located within the park’s northern

boundary, was one of several “movie

ranches” in the area. Between the late 1940s

and the late 1960s, dozens of films and

television shows, including Duel in the Sun, The Lone Ranger,

Roy Rogers and Bonanza episodes, were

filmed here. In 1970, a wildfire destroyed all

of the buildings associated with the former

Spahn movie ranch. This is where Charlie Manson and his followers lived: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spahn_Ranch

Links:

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=611

http://www.lamountains.com/parks.asp?parkid=123

http://bigorangelandmarks.blogspot.com/2007/12/no-92-old-stagecoach-trail-property.html

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  • Dodger J.

    Good times as usual

    March 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    new to me! was a real good hike location

    March 17, 2013

  • Dennis M.

    Best one yet. Went off trail with Rex, Liz, Mina, Robin, Jeff, and everyone else who scrambled/climbed up some of the hills/cliffs. Great way to end the hike. Thanks to Ed for leading.

    2 · March 16, 2013

  • Liz K.

    Thank you Rex for the rock climbing on the side and the mini piggy back ride. Also thanks Dennis for reaching out to help with no hesitation. Very kind.

    1 · March 16, 2013

  • Liz K.

    Nice hike, rocks were great.

    1 · March 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My doggie and I enjoyed the hike! Cool place. Always fun hiking and chatting with new people.

    March 16, 2013

  • Rimona

    Nice rocks formation

    March 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    :-(
    Sorry guys, have to cancel; flowers are blooming on the high desert, heading to camp till next week. ahh, leisure time.
    :-)

    1 · March 15, 2013

    • Suzy

      That because they bloom in The Anza Borrego Desert near Joshua Tree, Palm springs etc.

      March 16, 2013

    • Suzy

      I found this link it might be helpful http://www.borregospr...­ on a side note Lancaster has the poppy festival in mid April.

      March 16, 2013

  • Mac

    Where r u?

    March 16, 2013

    • Pterri The P.

      We're not in the cemetery/park but outside of it, on the residential street, right by the entrance into the cemetery/park

      March 16, 2013

  • Flora

    Won't be able to join after all. Hope you'll do this hike again some time.

    March 16, 2013

  • Flora

    Won't be able to join after all. Hope you'll do this hike again some time.

    March 16, 2013

  • Cindy

    I'd REALLY like to go but have a ton of schoolwork to do (I'm a grad student). Hope you guys do this hike and other Valley hikes again soon!

    March 16, 2013

  • Karen

    I'm (ahem!) "older" and it looks like most of you guys are younger. Anyone my age going?

    1 · March 16, 2013

    • Karen

      Hi Rimona, I just posted that I'm not feeling well and won't be attending. If you're going, can you please tell someone else I won't be there? I really appreciate it!

      March 16, 2013

    • edward

      Don't worry about telling you won't be there. To remove your name from the list, go up to the top where it says, "yes" and change it to "no" (it says "change RSVP") next time.

      1 · March 16, 2013

  • edward

    My sweep can't come today. Any willing volunteers? Don't want to lose anyone.

    March 16, 2013

  • Karen

    Hi There,

    Turns out I am not feeling well at all today and think it would be better if I stay home and take care of myself. I hope you get this message in time. I am looking forward to joining you another time!

    March 16, 2013

  • edward

    Bring sneakers with good traction or hiking boots.

    March 16, 2013

  • Jamie

    Have to cancel on this hike try to play basketball with the big boys woun up twisting my ankle, sighhhhhh. See you all on the next one stay safe and hydrated. :)

    March 15, 2013

  • Sarah

    Maybe - for me

    March 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    what is the approx hiking time. thanks

    March 15, 2013

    • edward

      under 3 hours

      March 15, 2013

  • Rimona

    Ed, Do we have a sweep yet???

    March 15, 2013

  • edward

    Can't do this hike without a sweep. Any volunteers?

    March 10, 2013

    • Rimona

      I didn't volunteer you, it was a suggestion...I do not like to sweep because I like to be in front with the fitter ones. At this point I don't know if Ed has a sweep. Unfortunately, I cannot carpool with you, since I'm on the opposite side of you. I'm already carpooling with another hiker.

      March 15, 2013

    • Larry T

      Rimona, I was just joking about the volunteer thing. But nice of you to suggest it.

      March 15, 2013

  • Larry T

    * Carpool anyone? I'm coming in from South Bay, Northbound on the 405.

    March 15, 2013

  • joe

    sorry been called to work

    March 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Rimona, I can carpool. I sent an email yesterday, did you get it?

    March 12, 2013

    • Rimona

      Hi Jared...no I didn't get your email...But my computer is not cooperating so I'm at work and I'll check.

      March 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Coming from Glendora area, anyone interested on vesselpool? There's space for three more travelers on the Pathmaker.

    March 13, 2013

  • Kirk

    The cool kids will take Metro Orange Line to Chatsworth Station and walk to the starting point :-)

    2 · March 12, 2013

    • Pamela

      Thanks, Kirk!! U just saved me the trouble of looking this up.

      1 · March 12, 2013

    • Pamela

      Oops! Maybe the #166 is better. It goes all the way to Lassen & Topanga Canyon blvd.

      March 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a guest over on Sat., so I need to cancel.
    Wish you all a great time!

    1 · March 12, 2013

    • Rimona

      Oh, don't forget to remove yourself from the list!

      March 12, 2013

  • Rimona

    OK, I'll try to find a carpool...it's so far

    March 12, 2013

  • Rimona

    Anyone to carpool???? Please...I'm in Glendale/Pasadena area

    March 11, 2013

  • edward

    Need a sweep (someone to stay in the back). Any volunteers?

    March 10, 2013

  • edward

    This is the park that the Spahn Movie Ranch was located at. This is where Charlie Manson and his followers lived: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spahn_Ranch

    March 9, 2013

  • Leonie

    I'm new to this group and I will go solo. I'm looking forward to meeting new friends, seeing this place and hiking this trail.

    March 6, 2013

    • Larry T

      Solo? No need to hike alone. Join in with the rest of us and have some fun! haha Looking forward to meeting you too.

      1 · March 7, 2013

    • Leonie

      haha! good one! ;)

      March 7, 2013

  • Rimona

    Anynone in Glendale/Pasadena to carpool with???

    March 7, 2013

  • Larry T

    Carpool anyone? I'm coming in from South Bay, Northbound on the 405.

    March 7, 2013

  • Rimona

    I did this hike 2 years ago and been dying to go back to those Santa Susana Rocks...

    March 3, 2013

    • edward

      Don't "die" on my hike otherwise we'll have to drop you off at the next door cemetery. LOL

      2 · March 3, 2013

    • Rimona

      You're funny!

      March 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks, Rimona, I got your email. Let's plan it next week

    1 · March 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    anyone carpooling from somewhere east of Pasadena, along 210?

    March 2, 2013

    • Rimona

      Cheyenne, I'm in Glendale...maybe we can carpool?? Let me know.

      March 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds so interesting!

    March 1, 2013

  • Maria

    Hi!! Is it to steep?? Everyone can make?

    February 24, 2013

    • edward

      Most of the trail is mostly flat. Only the end is somewhat steep. Don't recommend this hike for beginners.

      February 25, 2013

  • Dodger J.

    I have done this trail before, good to go again.

    February 24, 2013

  • Karen

    This sounds like a lot of fun and it's at a good time of day. Looking forward to meeting you folks.

    February 24, 2013

  • Roland P.

    I really like hikes with history where we walk.

    February 24, 2013

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