This hike covers a portion of an old stagecoach road that linked LA with San Francisco in the 1860s. Specifically, the hike traverses a section that connects the SF Valley with Simi Valley at the intersection of the Simi Hills with the Santa Susana Mountains. The trailhead is located in Chatsworth (please carefully read directions below!)
The trail is quite interesting because you can see holes that were drilled into the rock for chains to help hoist the stagecoach up the steeper sections, during which passengers had to get out of the vehicle. When I first did this hike I just couldn't imagine how a stagecoach could get up there.
We will begin near the intersection of Devonshire and Larwin and proceed up a rocky trail past a plaque erected in 1939 to commemorate the old stagecoach route, then we'll proceed to the top of the pass for a magnificent vista overlooking the entire SF Valley.
Distance: roughly 3 miles
Elevation Gain: 700'
Dogs: I don't think dogs are allowed on state park trails
Restrooms: Nope, sorry
Known Dangers: Rattlesnakes, slip 'n falls. Please be careful! Also, you may want to wear long pants as we will brush up against the vegetation in a few spots.
I strongly advise you to use sunscreen with a hat and bring plenty of water, esp. if it's hot.
Directions: The normal park entrance is closed, but go a block south of Devonshire on Larwin and park on the street. There is a gap in a fence by the power lines. We'll meet there. This link should take you to street view where you can see what it looks like: http://goo.gl/maps/7XmY5
The image below is taken from Wikipedia. I did this trail again today (4/21/2013) and you can see several pictures, as well as the GPS track if you click here (http://alltrails.com/tracks/old-stagecoach-trail-to-lilac-lane). A couple of the pictures show the holes in the sandstone used for block and tackle to help the stagecoach on the steep "Devil's Slide" section, and there are also some nice views of a portion of the railroad and rail tunnel entrance.
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