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BEFORE KNOTT’S SCARY FARM, UNIVERSAL’S HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS, OR EVEN DISNEYLAND, there was Corriganville. Republic Pictures’ star Ray “Crash” Corrigan purchased a ranch in Simi Valley in the late ‘30s that became a popular location for shooting Westerns such as Fort Apache, the Lone Ranger and Rin Tin Tin.
Besides Crash, other notable stars who filmed there included Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, John Wayne, Jay Silverheels and Tex Ritter.
It evolved into an amusement park featuring a rodeo arena, a “Sicilian Village,” a boating lake, a Sherwood Forest Picnic Area, and stagecoach rides, plus live stunts and Western entertainment throughout the day. All for the hefty admission price of $1. The ranch continued to be a popular shooting location for films like African Queen, Robin Hood and Star Trek. (https://bit.ly/3p5P5be)
Finally, following a series of sales (including to Bob Hope, who created a housing development on the site) and devastating fires, the city of Simi Valley bought the property and transformed it into a Regional Park.
Chief cowhand Rick has designed a fun, rambling route through the rocky terrain of Simi, with Corriganville as our starting point. The area has many rock formations, caves and windswept features -- Turtle, Camel and Oven Mitt Rocks, to name a few. All reasons it was so popular as a filming location.
After walking past some of the ruins at the park, we’ll head through the Santa Susana wildlife tunnel under the 118 to the Animal trail, up through unique rock formations, continuing up until it connects with the Hummingbird Trail.
We'll turn right to connect with the Rocky Peak Trail and continue up to Rocky Peak via the fire road. After a short break at the top we'll backtrack a bit and then take some mountain bike trails down. Our final route is TBD, but most likely Grudge to Firebird, Hummingbird to Dirty Bird, and Skank to Animal for the return via the wildlife tunnel (see map posted).
Gain: ~ 2,000 ft.
Distance: ~ 8-9 miles
Time: 4-4.5 hours
Type: Lollipop (sort of), fire road and single track, very rocky (duh, it's "Rocky Peak!"), entirely exposed
Dogs: Permitted on leash
Water: Refills available in restrooms if needed
Restrooms: Available at TH
Parking: Free parking at TH lot
Bring: Hat (cowboy or other), sunscreen, at least 3L of water, lugsoles, selfie snacks and optional snacks to share. Poles may be helpful in sections. Spurs optional.
Fwy closure note: the 101 will be closed from the 10/101 split to the 5/10/101 interchange just east of downtown LA near the Sixth Street Viaduct, from Fri. Oct. 22 at 3 pm through Sun. Oct. 24 at 3 pm. In addition, motorists traveling west on Rte 60 won't be able to access US Rte. 101. See the detours posted in photos.
For GPS, use 7001 Smith Rd., Simi Valley, 93063. From the 118 freeway, take Kuehner Drive south for about a mile. Turn L onto Smith Road until it ends (about .6 miles), and turn L into the parking lot.
Here’s a map to the TH: https://goo.gl/maps/XWEN2LYEsJt7qry56
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