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Murphy Ranch

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An interesting path to a ranch with lots of history.


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0.7

Miles

1.1

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757' 231 m

High

514' 157 m

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Up

243' 74 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

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The Murphy Ranch in the Rustin Canyon has an unusual history. At the bottom of the narrow, steep canyon are three unique structures built in the 1930s within a 50-acre compound, known as Murphy Ranch. It was home to a clan of Nazi sympathizer from 1933-1945 when they were arrested.

In the 1950s and 1960s, the enclave became an artists colony. The partially burned buildings scarred with graffiti still remain.

From 405 freeway, exit on Sunset Blvd and head west for about 5 miles. Turn right onto Capri Drive and continue to the end of the road, where you'll park. Head down to Casale Road to the end. The trailhead will be on your right.

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500 Steps!
Jun 11, 2015 near Santa M…, CA
Abandoned buildings.
Jun 20, 2015 near Santa M…, CA
This is the what is used to be the main entrance of the Murphy Ranch.
Jun 20, 2015 near Santa M…, CA
It was a water tank back in 1930s.
Jun 20, 2015 near Santa M…, CA

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