A short hike to a Slice of L.A. History before our 3 PM Elsmere Canyon hike
WHEN: 2 PM on Saturday April 30th, followed by the hike at Elsmere at 3 PM
(Elsmere Hike info is here: http://www.meetup.com/hiking-196/events/17273300/ )
THIS HIKE IS A HALF-MILE FROM THE TRAILHEAD FOR THE ELSMERE HIKE.
FOR MORE PICTURES: https://picasaweb.google.com/Rare.Earth.fotos/BealeSCutNewhallPass# (https://picasaweb.google.com/Rare.Earth.fotos/BealeSCutNewhallPass)
Take the 14 freeway north of the San Fernando Valley to the Newhall Avenue offramp. Turn left, and go under the freeway, and turn left at the first street, Sierra Highway, and go 1/2 mile to the top of the hill. A street map shows the entrance to Beale's cut as Clampitt Rd. There is bent chain link fence gate at the meeting spot. See picture below for the entrance gate:
WHY IS THIS PLACE COOL?
This was the route for stagecoaches going north from L.A. before we had freeways or the trains.
taken from Wikipedia.org:
Newhall Pass was initially named 'Fremont Pass' for General John C. Frémont, who was thought to have passed through it in 1847 on his way to sign the Treaty of Cahuenga, but he actually went slightly east of the pass on the El Camino Viejo.
The steep pass was made easier for stagecoach traffic with a 30-foot (9.1 m) deep cut made by Phineas Banning in 1854 as part of a road he built to provide service to Fort Tejon. This slot-like roadway was called Beale's Cut, and it appeared in many silent western movies. The location became a favorite of movie producers like John Ford and D. W. Griffith. In Ford's 1923 film Three Jumps Ahead American film actor Tom Mix is filmed jumping over the pass. John Ford used the location in at least four films over a twenty year period beginning as early as 1917.
The land around Beale's cut was an oil refinery until the 1980's, when it was torn down and proposed as an office space development. Although the project was approved by the City of Santa Clarita, the land remains vacant and littered with assorted concrete foundations and pipes from the refinery.
The City approval required preservation of three wildlife migration and oak tree preservation corridors through the property, as the site serves as the pinchpoint for critters to cross from the Angeles Forest to the Santa Susana Mountains.
HERE'S SOME MORE INFO ON THIS PLACE:
Beale's Cut in 1872
In 1861, a landowner and surveyor named Edward Fitzgerald Beale was appointed by President Abraham Lincoln as Surveyor General of California and Nevada. In 1863 the cut was deepened to 90 feet (27.4 m) by Beale and he had the cut subsequently named after him. The cut was used by the Butterfield Overland Mail, a stagecoach that operated mail between St. Louis, Missouri and San Francisco. Beale's Cut lasted as a transportation passage through the present day Newhall Pass locale until construction of the Newhall Tunnel was completed in 1910.
AS ALWAYS: BRING WATER, HATS, COMFY SHOES, SUNSCREEN, HIKING POLES, MUNCHIES
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