Past Meetup

VIP Hike: Going Ape at Malibu Creek SP

This Meetup is past

18 people went

The Old Reagan Ranch

28830 Lake Vista Dr · Agoura Hills, CA

How to find us

Look for the guy with the Coffee, OJ and danishes

Location image of event venue


Note - Due to the secret trails, this hike is for VIPs Only. Not a VIP? Join today at . Click on "Notify Me" to be moved to Going column

I will take you through Ape City, where the simian metropolis introduced in the original Planet of the Apes (1968) starring Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowall, stood.

The City is gone so you will have to use your imaginations, but here are some juxtaposed pics to help. Perhaps those of you who know the trails will recognize some of the spots.

Most of the city was built near Century Lake

Ape City is not totally gone. There is one artifact hidden behind some bushes. I've pointed it out many times during our hikes here. For the first time I am posting a film still of "The Cage:"

To get there we will have to follow in the footsteps of astronaut George Taylor (Charlton Heston)

We'll stop by the Rock Pool and pay homage to Caesar

Wait! There's more......

As an added bonus we'll be taking my MCSP secret trails. One I call the Overlook Bypass, is the Top Secret trail, the other the Cage Creek Elevator. They are short but steep.

The Overlook Bypass is overgrown (no one uses it but us!). Wear good-gripping shoes. A trekking pole might come in handy on the steep uphills

We'll also take a side trip to a vista of Malibou Lake.

Our hike starts at the old Reagan Ranch

Hike is a loop of about 5-6 miles with moderate elevation gain (a little less than 1000' total ascent). However much of the gain takes place in short distances. This hike will be too strenuous for beginners. Adventurous moderate VIP hikers will be ok

Bring snacks or sack lunch for lunch by the lake


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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