Past Meetup

Hike to the Mash site & Paramount Ranch

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Meet at 10 AM, but leave at 10:20 AM or so--we'll be waiting for the Sierra Club group to join us. We'll be signing waivers, so it will take time. We'll meet at Paramount Ranch parking lot. Then we'll explore Paramount Ranch. If you are late, you can find us at Paramount Ranch. It will be easy to find us. We'll probably be there 20-30 minutes. After that, we'll go (drive) to Reagan Ranch parking lot. It is Reagan Ranch trailhead, situated at the corner of Cornell and Mulholland Highway.

We're going to hike from Paramount Ranch (tons of movies were filmed here. You'll see the set) to the MASH site (at Malibu Creek State Park). We're doing 2 parks! It is a 8 miles hike RT with 1,000 feet elevation gain. Bring 2-3 bottles of water. I'd recommend hiking boots for this trip--if you don't have that then sneakers with good traction. Wear long pants since we'll be doing some narrow trails part of the way. This is a Sierra Club hike so you'll have to sign a waiver. NO DOGS.Sorry

I don't recommend this hike for beginners!


We're meeting in the parking lot at Paramount Ranch.

2903 Cornell Road, Agoura Hills, CA, 91301

Take Ventura Freeway (U.S. 101) to Kanan Road exit. South on Kanan 0.5 mile. Left on Cornell Way and veer to the right. South 2.5 miles, entrance is on right side of the road.

Parking is free.

In 1927, Paramount Pictures purchased 2,700 acres of the old Rancho Las Virgenes for use as a “movie ranch.” For 25 years, a veritable who’s who of Hollywood practiced their craft at Paramount Ranch including director Cecil B. Demille and actors Bob Hope, Gary Cooper and Claudette Colbert. The diverse landscape was the real star of the show. It offered film makers the freedom to create distant locales such as colonial Massachusetts in The Maid of Salem, ancient China in The Adventures of Marco Polo, a South Seas island in Ebb Tide (1937)and numerous western locations including San Francisco in Wells Fargo. The art of illusion was mastered on the landscape.

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch…The golden era of movie making at Paramount Ranch came to an end when changes to the studio system prompted Paramount Pictures to sell the ranch. Paramount Ranch found renewed life as a film location when William Hertz bought the southeast portion in 1953. An ardent fan of movie westerns, he built a permanent western town utilizing Paramount Pictures’ old prop storage sheds. As a result, television companies began producing westerns at the ranch such as The Cisco Kid and Dick Powell’s Zane Grey Theatre. William Hertz sold the property in 1955. The Paramount Racetrack opened a year later, and some considered it one of the most challenging in the U.S. Although it closed 18 months later, after three fatal accidents, the racetrack was featured in The Devil’s Hairpin, filmed in 1957. Most of the track still winds through the grasslands of the park.

Ride Off Into the Sunset… From 1957 to 1980, the ranch changed ownership several times, but filmmaking continued. After purchasing a portion of the original Paramount property in 1980, the National Park Service revitalized the old movie ranch. From 1992 to 1997, Paramount Ranch was used as the setting for the television show, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. Whether watching filming or exploring the area, experience the drama and grandeur of the Santa Monica Mountains


Remember the tv series MASH? We're going to hike there! Finally a hike on the westside for some of you!

The park's 6,000-plus acres have been the backdrop for thousands of movie and TV scenes since 1927, when it became the Scottish Highlands for a silent movie called "Annie Laurie" that starred Lillian Gish.

It doubled for Wales in 1941's best-picture Oscar winner, "How Green Was My Valley" and was Shangri-La in 1937's "Lost Horizon."

It was the backdrop for a primate-run world in "Planet of the Apes" in 1968 and where "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" were chased over a cliff by a pursuing posse in 1969.

Lovely walk down oak shaded lane, a stunning rock pool with vertical walls of volcanic rock, and a picturesque lake pretty enough for a calendar. An easy hike with lots of variety. At the Rock Pool, watch rock climbers attempt to scale the Planet of the Apes wall, were the movie of the same names was filmed. This is a easy hike 7 miles RT with 300 ft elevation gain. We'll meet in the parking lot by the trailhead.

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