Past Meetup

Corriganville Park Loop Adventure

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Twilight Canyon Trailhead

7700 Santa Susana Pass Rd · Simi Valley, ca

How to find us

Meet on corner of Santa Susana Pass Rd and Lilac Lane

Location image of event venue

Details

[Supplemental material https://amzn.to/2OA4Ylb (optional)]Leading our hike in Corriganville Park will be Quentin Tarantino. The photo above (credit: Bruce Fox) is the set for Spahn Ranch, created for his upcoming new movie "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" starring Margot Robbie, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Al Pacino, Dakota Fanning, James Marsden, Kurt Russell and other A-listers. Filming is ongoing.

For those of you familiar with the park, you know this isn't the first movie filmed at Corriganville. Purchased in 1937 by Ray “Crash” Corrigan, the Corrigan Movie Ranch provided scenery as well as man-made structures and sets, and served as the background scenery for 3,500 movies, TV programs and commercials such as Fort Apache, Buffalo Bill in Tomahawk Territory, The Robe, Tarzan, The Lone Ranger, The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, Sky King, Circus Boy, and Star Trek.

The ranch was open to the public on weekends and holidays from 1949 to 1965. For an admission price of one dollar, visitors could experience a variety of stuntman shows, movie and TV actors (often Crash himself) signing autographs and posing for pictures, western street movie sets ("Silvertown"), frontier Army fort ("Fort Apache"), and Mexican village, many made up of real working buildings and not just set fronts as is common on many studio backlots. Now named Corriganville Park, the site of Corriganville Movie Ranch is a public park operated by Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District

Ray Corrigan himself takes you on a tour of his ranch on DVD: https://amzn.to/2OA4Ylb

We will enter Corriganville with a descent down Twilight Canyon, a section of the old stagecoach rd. After entering the park we will avoid security and fencing by meandering along some secret and little-used trails and get as close as we can to the set -- without getting caught! We will be treated to views of dramatic rock formations that made the park a popular filming location from 1930s to 1960s.

The park has many sites and vistas seen in movies and especially 1950s television westerns. Along the way are various concrete and brick foundations, the remains of movie and theme park buildings, and several signs present photographs and descriptions of filming locations.

This will be about a 3.5-4 mile lollipop with some moderate hills suitable for fit beginners. There will be many stops along the way as Quentin explains some of the locations.

NOTE: The trails I chose to take will depend on the set security that has been set up at the park and will be chosen as we go along, so let's all stick together. Actual hiking distance and elevation gain is unknown so don't ask me!

Directions

The lot won't hold all of us so here are some parking options: https://goo.gl/2kCoLi

From the 118 - Exit Rocky Peak Rd, turn right on Santa Susana Rd. After you pass the Rocky Peak exit off the 118 Freeway, start looking to your left for Lilac Lane. Park in corner dirt lot. There is some shoulder parking nearby too.

The lot won't hold all of us so here are some parking options: https://goo.gl/2kCoLi
I was just kidding about Tarantino.