Let's explore this beautiful ranch that used to belong to the creator of Gillette's razors! We can go on the lecture about Chumash Indians at 2 PM, explore the museum, etc. Afterwards, we may hike the 1-2 miles RT to Inspiration Peak (I've never done it so it will be an exploratory hike for me too). I understand it isn't a difficult hike.
They do want you to pay for parking to help support the park's operations--lecture & museum. Parking is $7.
Parking lot at 1 PM
Movies Filmed Here:
Biggest Loser, Confessions of Sorority Girls (link below), Anna Karenina, starring Greta Garbo, Ah, Wilderness, & The White Cliffs of Dover.
Sat, March 23rd at 2pm
Walk into the Chumash World
Discover how local Chumash Indians have used natural resources of their environment for thousands of years to create a sustainable way of life on this easy 1 mile walk. Meet at the parking lot to left of pond, 2 hours.
History & More Info
One of the most stunning locales in the Santa Monica Mountains, 588-acre King Gillette Ranch is situated in the heart of the Malibu Creek Watershed, by the confluence of five major tributaries, and adjacent to Malibu Creek State Park. This scenic parkland at the lower end of the Las Virgenes Valley is a haven for larger mammals of the Santa Monica Mountains. At the same time, it offers a rare unspoiled view of California’s rich archeological, cultural, and historic resources, including a Chumash settlement, and nationally significant structures designed for razor magnate King C. Gillette in the 1920’s by Wallace Neff, architect of California’s Golden Age.
The broad meadows and low ridgelines serve as a wildlife movement corridor or hub in the geographic center of the Santa Monica Mountains range. Nine sensitive species are present. Raptors and other birds forage and nest among the plant communities of valley and coast live oak savannah, grassland, coastal sage scrub, chaparral, riparian woodland, and southern willow riparian vegetation. Park features include Gillette’s historic Spanish Colonial Revival style mansion and other structures that were part of the original landscape plan. These include a long eucalyptus alleé and grand entry, a large constructed pond, a formal courtyard and terrace, bridges, and lawns.
A short, somewhat steep hike from the parking area leads to a knoll with 360-degree views—including the famous rock formations of Malibu Creek State Park. Other activities include strolling, bicycling, photography, and picnicking.
King Gillette Ranch is owned and managed by the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (http://www.mrca.ca.gov/) in cooperation with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area unit of the National Park Service, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (http://www.smmc.ca.gov/), and California State Parks (http://www.parks.ca.gov/).
Take Hwy 101 (Ventura Freeway) to the Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon exit. Head south on Las Virgenes Road and continue to Mulholland Hwy, about two miles. Turn left onto Mulholland Highway and immediately look for the King Gillette Ranch entrance on the right.
Take the Santa Monica Freeway (I-10) west to the Pacific Coast Highway north. Travel approximately 12 miles then turn right onto Malibu Canyon Road. Continue on Malibu Canyon Road for approximately seven miles, and then turn right onto Mulholland Highway. Immediately look for the King Gillette Ranch entrance on the right.
Parking: Ample parking is available for $7.00 per day.
Address: 26800 West Mulholland Highway Calabasas, CA 91302