Big Mike's Hikes: Murphy Ranch - 2/6

Hike through a bizarre page of LA lore!  This ranch of 55 acres purchased in 1933 by a (fictitious) "Jessie M. Murphy, widow," with that name appearing on no other public records. By 1938 it was clear that the real owners were Winona and Norman Stephens, a wealthy American couple with a marked affinity for National Socialism and Hitler's New Order in Germany. Winona, who was seriously into "the para-normal," come under the spell of a mysterious Rasputin-like Nazi known in local lore only as "Schmidt." The Stephens spent more than $4,000,000 dollars to develop the estate into a sealed off utopian Nazi hide-a-way which would include a huge mansion designed by Lloyd Wright. Schmidt, with his psychic powers, had determined that in the coming war with the axis, America would be destroyed by the German Master Race. One year after America's downfall, it would be safe to re- emerge into the waste land that had been Los Angeles, and establish an Aryan Civilization allied with Hitler and his Third Reich. The day after Pearl Harbor, according to the L.A. Times, the F.B.I. came and took Mr. Schmidt away. 


Meet near Trailhead

Capri drive & Casale Road Pacific Palisades CA 90272
Directions >

DAY: Saturday, February 6th, 2015

TIME: 1pm (sharp!)

DOGS: Allowed on leashes

DIFFICULTY: Easy 3.1 mile lollipop loop hike

Take Sunset Boulevard to Capri Dr. (north). You will hit a traffic circle; take it around to the continuation of Capri. The trailhead begins where Capri ends (at Casale Rd.). Parking is available just before you reach the trailhead on Umeo Rd. and Amalfi Dr. 

RSVP: By February 5th (below)

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