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    Murphy Ranch gates (old Nazi sympathizer mansion up Sullivan Fireroad)

    Anyone ever hop the gates or find a way in around the old gates of Murphy Ranch, aka the old Nazi sympathizer mansion?

    I ride pass it and have always been curious about it exploring back there and was wondering if there is anything back there to explore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frankenbike
    Anyone ever hop the gates or find a way in around the old gates of Murphy Ranch, aka the old Nazi sympathizer mansion?

    I ride pass it and have always been curious about it exploring back there and was wondering if there is anything back there to explore.
    You mean in Rustic Canyon? Not much there, there's a steep track that connects to Rogers Road. Ride from Rogers to hit the big drops and then exit through Sullivan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frankenbike
    Anyone ever hop the gates or find a way in around the old gates of Murphy Ranch, aka the old Nazi sympathizer mansion?

    I ride pass it and have always been curious about it exploring back there and was wondering if there is anything back there to explore.
    You can go around the wall to the right. Like Pacman said, most riders come out that way after entering the canyon from the other side. You can also get down into Rustic using the narrow staircases before you get to the gate(coming from Capri), but I wouldn't recommend riding them. There are a couple of old houses and an interesting variety of trees and plants growing wild that are left from the former inhabitants. If you've never been down there, hey check it out. It always has a creepy vibe to me though.

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    Oh so that's where those stairs, aka "scairs", lead down to. I was wondering about them.

    I explore next time.

    Here's an excerpt from an old LA Times article on the old Murphy Ranch...

    "The story, which Young admits is sketchy, centers on the owners of the Murphy Ranch, Winona and Norman Stephens, and a mysterious but persuasive German named Herr Schmidt. Although county records say that a Jessie M. Murphy purchased the property in 1933, Young said there is no other record of her, and no one in the area ever saw her, leading him to suspect Murphy was a front name. The name Murphy Ranch, however, stuck. Norman Stephens was an engineer with silver mining interests in Colorado, and apparently financed the operation. His wife, the daughter of a wealthy industrialist, had a strong belief in metaphysical phenomena, and apparently fell under the spell of Schmidt, who claimed to have supernatural powers. Schmidt convinced the Stephenses that once Europe collapsed and Germany emerged victorious in the war, anarchy would break out across the country, and law and order would break down. His plan was to create a command center in which the National Socialist community would wait out the war. They could then emerge from their mountain retreat and impose order on society. It apparently made sense to the Stephenses, for they proceeded to spend an estimated $4 million to build an infrastructure that would be enough for a small town. They also made plans to build a four-story mansion that were never carried out, probably because they ran out of money, Young said. What they did accomplish, however, is amazing. The entire hillside above the ranch was terraced, and a sprinkler system, complete with timers, was laid out to irrigate the numerous fruit, nut, carob and olive trees and other plants that covered it. Several concrete staircases ascend the hillside, which were either to allow for maintenance of the trees, or more likely, Young believes, to patrol the property. The water tank and the power station, with its double generators, ensured that the community would be self-sufficient. The power station is the only structure basically intact, although the generators were removed and donated to Loyola Marymount University in the early 1970s. The inside walls are covered with graffiti, much of it typical of what one would find in an abandoned building, including, ironically, several swastikas."

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    yikes!

    Quote Originally Posted by Black Bart
    It always has a creepy vibe to me though.
    try a night ride down there!

    (or not)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood
    try a night ride down there!

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    Oh yeah! Try a night ride where you wreck on the drop in, breaking your bar mount and bruising your leg so bad it keeps cramping and seizing. Now you can't keep up with the group and it's a week after two people were attacked by a mountain lion, so that thought is very much alive in your mind. Good times, good times.

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    yeah baby!!!

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    I just saw a TV program about this place. I've gone thru there a few times, but I didn't realize what it was and I didn't take the time to explore all the buildings.

    http://www.travelchannel.com/TV_Show...des/LosAngeles

    The program also explored the LA river, the aqueduct, Venice, and the LA OIL wells. Anyone who likes exploring Los Angeles would probably like this program.

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    I ride and hike in Rustic canyon all the time. There is all kinds of random stuff down there. I hiked the canyon from the bottom of j-drop south/west around to the polo field. It's still a very unmaintained trail, but super fun and selcuded. I haven't ridden down the Scairs in about 6 years, but best be done on old tires you're about to throw away.
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    Yeah, I've hopped through that goth wall at the gate and rode down there once, late afternoon on a weekday. No one around, shadows getting long. Place gave me the creeps, but was very interesting. When I got back to the gate there were some nice looking Cougars out on a walk who asked me what was down there. I gave them a ride report. They were impressed with my macho-ness and incredible bravery.
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