I will never make fun of Jp again for the extra measures she takes due to her pseudo germaphobic psychosis. I laughed at her once for bringing cafeteria serving gloves on our hikes, but it came in handy today. Dirt I can do, touching rusty material – not so much when it comes to eating my sammich. Mhm.
Murphy Ranch was slated for demolition in 2012 but it hasn’t happened yet, so I was pushing for us to go soon. It was one sure strange place to hike and I loved every minute of it – even though we got lost multiple times. This place has a sketchy past from all the stories that were rendered from oral history. You can read more about its’ Nazi involvement from the LA Times here.
There is no real address, just cross streets to take you to the location and oddly placed in a super rich neighborhood. Ignore all the trespassing signs and take the paved road until you reach some wire fences. First cut in the chain link fence are stairs that will take you down into the canyon. Super narrow and steep. Second cut down the road in the fence (which we took), had handrails on the second portion of the stairs. Our legs felt wobbly after descending 500-ish flights that drop 250 ft of elevation.
You’ll pass a water tank (go right after more stairs), and then get to the diesel power house and bomb shelter. In 1948, the land was sold to Hartford’s Artist Colony and then to the city of LA in 1973. Since then, it has been plagued with graffiti artists.
Surprisingly, the structure is still sound. You can even climb up the rail and onto the catwalk. We ran with 3 camera’s this time around. Jp’s, mine and my brother’s.
I am afraid of heights but I’ve been battling it since we started hiking. I did manage to get to the top and held my composure long enough for Jp to ascend the flights of stairs to the agricultural center to take a photo of me through the roof. “Hello, Jp!”
A lot of the artwork is creepy, but we loved the spray painted Octopus inside the PH. Stare down contest! The artwork is transient and will always change with each visit.
To the right of the Power House and up is a garden… or what’s left of it.
And then you get to the machine shed where we decided to have a picnic. ^_^
After that, we got lost. But we finally found the barn. It reminded us of the barn that held zombies in AMC’s the Walking Dead. That series is amazing.
After that, we got super duper lost and walked back and forth for miles until we stumbled upon some dog walkers for directions.
We made it back to the normal paved road, but something kept bugging me. We saw this a few times while trying to enjoy the coast. It may not be appropriate to spy on the neighborhood, but what on earth is that?
I zoomed in close of some statue near a pool that looked like a horse, but Jp thinks it’s a lion. Whatever it is, it’s a bit gaudy and looks like it’s pooping flowers. Any ideas on what this could possibly be? 😯