Murphy Ranch via Sullivan Ridge Fire Road


Sullivan Fire Road
Los Angeles, California 90402


Between 1933 to 1945 there was evidently a Nazi compound here. The wooden structures were burned down in 1978 (there is still a barn at one end of the property, but that is probably a post-Nazi structure). Some very large tanks, an iron and stone gate, a power plant and a collapsed metal building still remain, much of it now covered with graffiti. Also notable are the terraced hillsides. This place is home to incredible long flights of concrete stairs; these alone would make the trip worthwhile.

The trail head is located at the end of Capri Drive off Sunset Boulevard, about 3 miles west of the 405 (park on Casale Road or Umeo Road; pay attention to the "No Parking" signs). You then walk up Sullivan Ridge Fire Road (Capri Drive basically turns into the fire road when it enters the park) for about a mile.

There are a number of ways to access the ruins: 2 stairwells drop down from Sullivan Ridge Fire Road and there are also the remnants of a road leading down from the prominent gate. This road down into the property splits: the left branch heads close to the power plant, the right branch takes a longer path to the barn where you can walk down the stream to find the main buildings.

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