King Gillette Ranch
26800 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas, CA 91302
One of the most stunning locales in the Santa Monica Mountains, 588-acre King Gillette Ranch offers a rare unspoiled view of California’s rich archeological, cultural, and historic resources, including a Chumash settlement, and nationally significant structures designed for razor magnate King C. Gillette in the 1920’s by Wallace Neff, architect of California’s Golden Age.
Situated at the lower end of the Las Virgenes Valley in the heart of the Malibu Creek Watershed, this scenic parkland is a haven for larger mammals of the Santa Monica Mountains. The broad meadows and low ridgelines serve as a wildlife movement corridor or hub in the geographic center of the range. Nine sensitive species are present. Raptors and other birds forage and nest among the plant communities of valley and coast live oak savannah, grassland, coastal sage scrub, chaparral, riparian woodland, and southern willow riparian vegetation.
Park features include some of the orignial formal landscaping of Gillette’s estate including a long eucalyptus alleé and grand entry, a serene pond, sweeping lawns, bridges, and the historic Spanish Colonial Revival style mansion with a formal courtyard and terrace.
The Anthony C. Beilenson Visitor Center provides orientation to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and interprets the characteristics of the Santa Monica Mountains
A short, somewhat steep hike from the parking area leads to Inspiration Point with 360-degree views—including the famous rock formations of Malibu Creek State Park. Other activities include strolling, bicycling, photography, and picnicking.
Parking is $7
Tags: Dramatic Waterfalls, Grassland, Secluded Cabins and Lodges, Secluded Mountain Lake, Year-Round Streams