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Hail To The Trail: Presidents' Day Hike at the Old Reagan Ranch

  • Feb 17, 2014 · 9:00 AM
  • The Old Reagan Ranch

During the 1950s, when Ronald Reagan hosted TV's "Death Valley Days," he wanted a more rural retreat than his home in Pacific Palisades. So he bought a 305-acre ranch in the hills of Malibu as a place to raise thoroughbred horses and dubbed it "Yearling Row."

 

Reagan Ranch [masked]), now part of Malibu Creek State Park, is a delight for hikers, who can enjoy the ranch's rolling meadowland and grand old oaks. Trails loop through the Reagan Ranch and connect with the main part of the state park. We'll use a combination of trails--Yearling, Deer Leg, Lookout, Crags Road and Cage Canyon--to explore Reagan Country and the heart of the park.

We'll also be visiting the exterior set for the long-running television show M*A*S*H. The medic tents have been removed, but the location is still recognizable, providing a rich experience for hikers.


Between the MASH set and the ranch we'll enjoy a short snack break at Century Lake. Part of the famous jump into the river by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Paul Newman & Robert Redford) was done by stuntmen at Century Lake (with plenty of Hollywood magic helping out) because the river in Colorado seen in the film wasn’t deep enough to support such a high jump.


On our return to the ranch we'll take a side trip to a scenic vista point at the top of Lake View Trail will It will provide us a beautiful view of Malibou Lake and the surrounding mountains. Reagan was the honorary mayor of Malibou Lake in 1953.

Hike will be about 8 miles with 1,000 feet total ascent

Post Hike shenanigans at Jinky's Kanan Cafe

in Agoura at 29001 Canwood street, CA 91301 

Directions:

The Old Reagan Ranch parking lot is on the Southeast corner of Cornell Rd and Mullholland Hwy



From the Ventura Freeway (US 101) in Agoura take the Kanan Road offramp and turn south. Follow Kanan, turn left on Cornell Way, bear right onto Cornell Road for a couple miles, cross Mulholland and turn left into Reagan Ranch.

From PCH/Santa Monica turn right onto Malibu Canyon for 6.3 miles then turn left onto Mulholland Hwy. After 3.2 miles turn left onto Lake Vista Dr (Cornell Rd). Turn left into Reagan Ranch



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  • Dean

    Thanks for a great day everyone. I've posted the hike report and some "then and now" photos of MASH site and Ape City that I've collected around the internet. Enjoy!

    February 19, 2014

  • Armond

    Nice workout and beautiful day hike. Dean, thanks for setting up great hikes!

    February 18, 2014

  • Topi

    Dean, thanks for showing piece of CA history. Beautiful park with nice trails, hidden lake and MASH movie set :-)
    http://www.mash4077tv.com/features/camp/

    February 17, 2014

  • Melissa

    Dean, thank you for sharing this with us! My friend and I drove from Riverside and it was worth the long drive - it was a beautiful day with really nice people.

    February 17, 2014

  • Jean

    Thanks so much, Dean, for another great hike.

    February 17, 2014

  • chris

    Fun. Another solid Dean Hike, fresh route to the Mash site. Thanks

    February 17, 2014

  • Liz

    Thanks Dean! Had a great time. --Liz

    February 17, 2014

  • Sherry

    Presidential worthy hike - Hail to the Chief!

    February 17, 2014

  • Samira

    Had a wonderful workout with great people.

    February 17, 2014

  • Sherri

    Good hike, beautiful weather, nice folks!

    February 17, 2014

  • Ramsey

    Great hike! Great people. Thank you for hosting!

    February 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Dean for organizing this great hike! I had a wonderful time and enjoyed the company of a nice group of people.

    February 17, 2014

  • Lois C.

    Nice hike with some excellent views. Glad to have some shade. Thanks Dean.

    February 17, 2014

  • David

    Trail provided a great workout!

    February 17, 2014

  • Anne

    I am so sorry...somehow I had it in my head that the hike started at noon (as my hike from yesterday did). Just realized I missed it. Rats!

    February 17, 2014

  • Safi

    Good morning :) is anyone coming from valley village ? I would like to carpool please .

    February 11, 2014

    • Safi

      Here is my[masked] please give me a call or text ,

      February 16, 2014

    • Lois C.

      Hi Safia, yes we can still meet. I sent you a text message a free minutes ago.

      February 17, 2014

  • Carolyn L

    About what time do you think we will finish up?

    February 15, 2014

    • Dean

      Depends how much lollygagging we do. Should be back to cars by 1p

      February 16, 2014

  • Dean

    Directions to Jinkys from trail head: http://tinyurl.com/jinkys

    February 16, 2014

  • Dean

    Don't forget: There will be only 2 lanes open on 405 between Getty Center Dr and Ventura Blvd. Plan your trip accordingly. If you are coming from the 405 and 10 fwys I recommend taking 10 --> PCH --> Malibu Cyn ---> Mulholland --> Reagan Ranch if there is a lot of traffic. See http://www.metro.net/projects/I-405/intermittent-80-hr-closure/ for latest updates

    February 16, 2014

    • Dean

      I want to add that 3 lane reductions begin at Sunset

      February 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are dogs allowed?

    February 16, 2014

    • Dean

      Dogs are not allowed on our hikes unless mentioned in hike description. See our Aboutpage. We have a dog-friendly hike next week

      February 16, 2014

  • Kathy B.

    Anyone coming up from the Antelope Valley?

    February 16, 2014

  • Jennifer P.

    Hello! I'm new to SoCal & staying in Long Beach presently. What is a reasonable expectation for travel time if I drive up to make this hike? I really don't want to miss it! Thanks!

    February 13, 2014

    • Dean

      Hi Jennifer - give yourself 90 minutes to arrive a few minutes early. There will be construction on 405 in Sepulveda pass so I recommend taking 10 to PCH to Malibu Cyn to Mulholland. Take my phone number with you. See http://tinyurl.com/pr...­ for directions and times.

      February 13, 2014

    • Ramsey

      Jennifer.. I'm in Long Beach. Interested in Carpooling?

      February 15, 2014

  • Jennifer P.

    Thank you Dean! I am new to all of this - about how long is the hike? Do you recommend sneakers or hiking boots? Anything else I should know? Tks!

    February 13, 2014

    • Dean

      The hike will be about 7 miles one well-maintained trails. Sturdy sneakers with a good sole will be fine.

      February 14, 2014

    • Dean

      There will be an optional post-hike lunch at Jinky's. See link in hike description

      February 14, 2014

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