This area is familiar to the Regulars, but the Gentlers have not had the chance to explore this historic entertainment center in Simi Valley until now!
Starting from the Rocky Peak trailhead atop the Santa Susanna Pass, we'll get our blood flowing with a bit of elevation gain before taking a small trail down along and under the 118 freeway though an animal passage, into Corriganville.
Founded on land Ray Corrigan, a silent movie cowboy, scouted on hunting trips with Clark Gable, Corriganville soon became a thriving movie lot. 3500 films were shot on the grounds, including The African Queen, Tarzan, The Creature From the Black Lagoon, and Robin Hood.The Lone Ranger, Fugitive, and Lassie all romped through this park.
When the film industry moved to other locations, Corrigan returned to his roots and converted the still-standing western sets into a wild west tourist attraction. He recruited his old movie buddies and they performed all manner of cowboy stunts for customers, culminating in a shoot out. Numerous fires wiped out the sets over time, but the foundations remain, as well as the rock Tarzan used to dive from, the water trough the Creature swam in, and other Hollywood artifacts. The land has been converted to a public park, but is still used for filming now and then (an episode of Bones was being filmed one time I was there).
One of the best features of Corriganville is an array of 15 or 20 placards set up around the grounds, educating on not only the films and personalities that gave the area color, but on the flora, fauna, geology, and local history, like the making of the 118 and the Amtrak train tunnel we'll be passing by on our return.
We can take our time and peruse the placards before we scurry across the train tracks and pick up a trail that will take us past a seasonal stream as it climbs back to our cars. I've only done this as part of a longer hike, so my best guess is that we'll do about 5.5 miles and 1000' of elevation gain. I'm sure someone will correct me by 1 PM Thursday.
If you favor hiking poles, bring them on this one. Some of the hike is shaded, some is exposed, so prepare accordingly. ALSO, we're starting high, going a little higher, descending into a valley, then working our way back up- this one has a bit more sustained uphill than most of the Gentler hikes.
This is a gentler hike. We will go at a more moderate pace than a regular Trailblazer hike, and we'll take more breaks. The purpose is to give novice and intermediate hikers who may feel they're not up to a regular hike a chance to get out and experience our beautiful trails. Faster hikers are welcome to come along, with the understanding that the hike is geared toward those who want to go at an easier pace.
Park at Exit 32 (Rocky Peak Rd) on the 118, at the Santa Susanna Pass between Chatsworth and Simi Valley. There's a large dirt lot on the south side of the 118, on Santa Susanna Rd. Park there, then cross the 118 to the small lot on the north side.
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