Summary: A fascinating historical hike along part the steep Old Stagecoach Road a.k.a. the "Devil's Slide" in the hills above Chatsworth Park used from 1860 - 1890, a connecting route between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Notice the drainage chutes along the side of the road, old cisterns used to capture rainwater, and notches carved out from the wear of wagon wheels. I also heard from one of the locals that there are petroglyphs to be found on some of the rocks along the trail if you look carefully.
Way finding is tricky on this hike so you may want to ask around like I did for directional info. Many unmarked trails going off in different directions. The hike begins at the park entrance at a sign reading "Old Stagecoach Equestrian Trail" and follows along the southern side of the park heading west before turning southwest and heading up into the hills. When you come to a low ridge with some olive trees turn right up the ridge leading to a white memorial plaque.
Trailhead: From the 118 Freeway exit at Topanga Canyon and turn south over the freeway. Turn right on Devonshire Street heading west until you come to the entrance to Chatsworth Park. Pick up the path to the left signed Old Stagecoach Road. (Lat:34.25803 Lon:-118.61487)
Trail Guides for Old Stagecoach Road:
Afoot and Afield in Los Angeles
by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: LA Dep. of Rec. and Parks (818)341-6595, California State Parks (310)455-2465
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Eric Altizer, who has posted 13 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Thiver on 10/1/2011
Such a tragedy that they are closing this along with 70 other parks due to "lack of funding" How lack of government funding warrants the closure of open spaces that serve the people of the community is beyond me. We were stopped by a "volunteer" who read us the riot act and told us that if we walk this park after July we will be arrested. Occupy Chatsworth park? Sounds like a plan. I will continue to hike regardless.
Reviewed by drejharris on 9/28/2011
The Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park is open - it is the City Park (Chatsworth Park South) that is closed. To get to the Old Stagecoach Road Hike you can enter the park through the Larwin gate (under the power lines, then take powerhouse road north) or the Lilac Lane entrance and hike down to the Old Stagecoach Road. The park is primitive and there are no trail signs. If you would like someone to show you the way so as to not get lost, find us on Facebook under "Friends of the Santa Susana Mountains." There will always be a volunteer willing to provide a tour of this amazing old stagecoach route.
Reviewed by Melinda on 7/27/2011
This park is still closed...
Reviewed by Me on 10/17/2010
South Chatsworth Park is still closed indefinitely due to lead in the soil.
Reviewed by Gary M on 5/29/2010
The Park was Closed for service. Did Not say when it was to Reopen.
Reviewed by Pedro on 1/2/2010
Great hike and interesting history. We parked 1/2 block south of Devonshire on Larwin. Starts along a paved road and then numerous trails wind up the mountian. We took a worng turn and ended up at a a deadend. Made it to the sign then all the way up above 118 and it took an hour to get there. Got turned around coming back and looped way out of our way but walked back along the road to find our car. Total of 2 hours round trip with three dogs.
Reviewed by CMN on 9/13/2009
We hiked this today. There was no one out there! But it was a ood hike. We followed the advice from abp and followed the widest track. There was one point that we weren't sure which was wider, and we went right and the memorial was up the way. We tried to take another route back and cut through the park and got stuck inside the fence, so don't do that unless the park is open.
Reviewed by abp on 7/18/2009
Entrance is easy to find... it's getting to the top that's hard. I had seen maps of this one, but didn't study it very well, so I just went on instinct and ended up finding my way just fine. Basically follow the widest trail at each fork. Eventually you will reach the rocky section... don't ask me how stagecoaches went up this as I'm certain even the newest and best OHVs wouldn't be able to do this, but low and behold there is a plaque almost at the very top that was installed in 1939 in memory of the route. After this the trail ends up near some neighborhood in the hills (man I wish I could afford homes like these) and if you keep following the dirt track over the top of the mountain and down the other side you will come to a road th
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