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

An HWD Classic!

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 (1957-1967), 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 Ladyface Alehouse (https://www.ladyfaceale.com/) on the northwest corner of Kanan and Agoura Rds

Directions:

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

Interactive Map: https://goo.gl/UEFVF3

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

Parking:

Not all of us are going to fit in parking lot, but there is parking on both sides of Lake Vista Dr. If you are parking in the lot, please park efficiently as show in this photo: https://www.meetup.com/localhikers/photos/28595772/