Hikes


Upcoming Summer Sunset Hikes

Please join us on our upcoming hikes!  

Flyer is posted below.

June 2017

Saturday, June 10 - 6:00 p.m                                   Lilac Lane Trailhead

July 2017

Tuesday, July 4 - 7:00 p.m - 4th of July Picnic Hike       Lilac Lane Trailhead

Saturday, July 8 - 6:00 p.m                                      Lilac Lane Trailhead

August 2017

Saturday, August 5 - 6:00 p.m                                   Lilac Lane Trailhead

September 2017

Saturday, September 9 - 6:00 p.m                                 Lilac Lane Trailhead

October 2017

Saturday, October 7 - 6:00 p.m                               Lilac Lane Trailhead

November 2017

Saturday, November 11 - Times TBA                             Santa Susana Trails Day                           Andora Trailhead

January 2018

First Day Hike - Monday, January 1 - 11:00 a.m           Andora Trailhead


DIRECTIONS

*To get to Larwin Trail Head:  Take Devonshire Street west past Valley Circle Boulevard.  After Valley Circle is Larwin Avenue. Turn left and look to the right (west) for the power lines. The entrance to the park is right under the power lines.

**To get to Andora Trail Head:  Take Lassen Street west to Andora Avenue.  Turn left and the entrance to the park is on the right (west side of the street).

***To get to Lilac Lane Trail Head: Take Topanga Canyon Boulevard north, and just past Stoney Point is the Santa Susana Pass Road. Turn left. After you pass the Rocky Peak exit off the 118 Freeway, start looking to your left for Lilac Lane. Turn left on Lilac Lane. Drive a short way and look to your left for a large dirt parking lot with a State Parks wooden kiosk. Park in the dirt parking lot and meet at the kiosk. (Do not park in the street.)

From Lake Manor, take Box Canyon up and over the hills to Santa Susana Pass Road, turn right, and then right on Lilac Lane. If you come to the Rocky Peak exit, you have gone too far. 

Other regularly scheduled, docent led hikes will be posted here. 


Additional and last minute hikes may also be listed on our The North Face Planet Explore page.
 


Hikers Celebrate Chatsworth's 125th Birthday at Devil's Slide

The stagecoach passage through the Simi Hills was so treacherous it bore the name Devil’s Slide.

By Elizabeth Harris, Northridge-Chatsworth Patch

March 11, 2013

The Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park celebrated Chatsworth’s 125th anniversary on Sunday with a hike up the Stagecoach Trail led by volunteer John Luker. 

On the National Register of Historic Places, the Stagecoach Trail was built upon what was then a Chumash trail in 1861. Christened El Camino de Santa Susana y Simi, the passage through the Simi Hills was so treacherous it bore the name Devil’s Slide.

The Devil’s Slide was so steep, during its heyday a massive oak timber was placed through the back wheels to keep the stagecoach from hurtling headlong over the cliffs to the north, and down into the deep gorge below. Horses were unhitched and walked down, blindfolded.  All but the most delicate passengers were encouraged to disembark and walk. 

The most expensive fare allowed one to remain inside, with those who walked paying a cheaper ticket price.  The least expensive fare was reserved for those hardy souls who not only walked, but also helped to push the stagecoach up the Devil’s Slide, en route to San Francisco.

Today the Stagecoach Trail is open for hiking, where trekkers can see ruts grooved into the sandstone from stagecoach wheels, and experience the same sensational views of the San Fernando Valley witnessed by early travelers upon the dramatic incline. The hike itself is 3½ miles, difficult in terms of strenuousness, and can be accessed through the Lilac Lane or Larwin Street entrances to the Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park.

Hikes up the Stagecoach Trail are scheduled the second Saturday of every month, 9 a.m. at the Larwin Street entrance.

For a complete schedule of hikes in the Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park, visit fpssm.org, or email santasusanafriends@gmail.com.


Spring Hike Season Opens at Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park

These hikes are organized by the Foundation for the Preservation of the Santa Susana Mountains and led by park docents and hike leaders from the Santa Susana Volunteers.

February 19, 2013, Northridge-Chatsworth Patch


A Plant and Wildflowers Hike through the Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park kicked off the Spring hike season this past weekend.

These hikes are organized by the Foundation for the Preservation of the Santa Susana Mountains and led by park docents and hike leaders from the Santa Susana Volunteers. 

Peter Ullrich, a volunteer docent expert on local plant life and native vegetation, led a group of 33 hikers, accompanied by seven leashed dogs, through the park's trails Saturday, ending up at the historic plaque on Devils Slide. He identified and explained the many species of native plants -- some of them unique to this Park -- along with the invasive, non-native ones, that the hikers encountered along the trails.


Spring hike season opens at Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park.

To make a donation to help keep the Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park open,

click here.

Thank you.

 

Events


Upcoming Events

October 2017

Sunday, October 1, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Pioneer Day at Homestead Acre

November 2017

Saturday, November 11, Times TBA
Santa Susana Trails Day

December 2017

Sunday, December 10, Time TBA
Chatsworth Holiday Parade


 Volunteer Training Sessions

The California Department of Parks and Recreation periodically offers a volunteer orientation training for the Santa Susana Pass SHP.  Topics covered in the training include an introduction to State Parks and its staff, procedures, volunteer opportunities, and meeting some seasoned volunteers.  The most recent session was held on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

To be considered for the next training, send an email to SantaSusana@parks.ca.gov

State Park volunteer opportunities include:

Trail Observers of Santa Susana (TOSS): Be the eyes and ears of State Parks by observing and reporting updates, potential issues to the appropriate personnel while out hiking and enjoying the park. 

Park Preservers: Participate in work parties to help keep the park clean and safe by removing graffiti and assisting with other park projects. 

Interpretive Programs: Help educate the public by assisting with interpretive hikes, and school programs. 

Weed Warriors: Join others in eradicating non-native plants from the park. 

A volunteer training flyer will be posted below once the next training date has been announced.

Native Skills Class - Chumash Bow and Hand Drill was held on Saturday, March 23, 2013

Making Fire the Chumash Way at Chatsworth's Historic Acre

Class learns to use hand and bow drills the Native American way.

By Elizabeth Harris, Northridge-Chatsworth Patch

March 24, 2013

A traditional fire-making class was held at the Chatsworth Historical Society’s Acre on Saturday.

Sponsored by the Foundation for the Preservation for the Santa Susana Mountains in partnership with the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Dr. Kent Christensen taught a group of 10 enthusiasts about the traditional Chumash way of starting fires with hand and bow drills. 

As many readers may be aware (likely from watching TV's Survivor), it is very difficult to make fire – the endeavor requiring a delicate balance of just the right amount of pressure upon the drill (hint: not too much), holding it at the correct angle and rapidly bringing the bow back and forth over the drill.

For a number of the participants, being on bended knee for an extended period of time posed the greatest challenge. But in the end, two of our number mastered the art – Lorie Lawrence and Dodd Harris.  

Lawrence was particularly pleased because she leads the Chumash Educational Center for the third-grade field trips in the Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park.  “Now I have one more amazing Chumash skill to share with the children,” Lawrence said, “It continues to astound me how they made such perfect use of the natural materials around them.”


FPSSM board member Lorie Lawrence making fire.

 Chatsworth Park Elementary School third grade students visit the park.

More 3rd-Graders Visit the Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park

They learn about native plants, wildlife, and birds, and how to use their eyes, ears, nose and touch to explore the park.

By Elizabeth Harris, Northridge-Chatsworth Patch

March 5, 2013

Four classes of third-graders from Superior Street Elementary visited the Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park for an interpretive program. 

Fourteen volunteers participated in the program designed to provide a “living history” of the area, including:

  • The Chumash and Native Americans
  • Early Spanish/European Settlers
  • The Stagecoach Route, known as “Devils Slide”
  • The Quarry
  • The Railroad
  • The Chatsworth Rock Formation

The volunteers showed the children native plants, wildlife, and birds, and how to use their eyes, ears, nose and touch to explore this special historic place. They also played with Chumash toys made out of native plant materials, and sang a song accompanied by a Chumash musical instrument called a clapper.

A model a stagecoach seat was on display on the Stagecoach Trail, created by using exact measurements from an authentic original.  Seated in the replica, children learned about the middle bench – never shown in the movies – and that stagecoaches actually carried nine people inside.

Visitors can access the Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park at the 10200 block of Larwin Avenue in Chatsworth. The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset, and no fee is required to enter.

The program was made possible by financial assistance from the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council and the Foundation for the Preservation of the Santa Susana Mountains, and with transportation provided by Councilmember Mitchell Englander.

3rd Graders Experience Chatsworth's Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park

The children meet “King Richard” –- a king snake who was rescued by State Parks staff.
By Elizabeth Harris, Northridge-Chatsworth Patch
October 25, 2012

Three classrooms of 3rd graders from Chatsworth Park Elementary School visited the Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park for an interpretive program sponsored by the Foundation for the Preservation of the Santa Susana Mountains.

The Tuesday program was made possible through financial assistance from the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council.

Thirteen volunteers told the 66 children about the history of the area.

The children learned about:

  • The Chumash and Native Americans
  • Early Spanish/European Settlers
  • The Stagecoach Route, known as “Devils Slide”
  • The Quarry
  • The Railroad
  • The Chatsworth Rock Formation

Some children had a chance to sit in a model stagecoach seat that was created by using original measurements from an old-time stage.

The volunteers talked about native plants, wildlife, fires, birds, keeping the park clean, and using one's eyes, ears, nose and touch to explore this special historic place.

The children met “King Richard” –- a king snake who was rescued by State Parks staff after being found by the side of the road, injured from being run over. He was nursed back to health at the Angeles District headquarters in Malibu Creek State Park. On Tuesday, he awed the children with his graceful movements and gentle mannerisms.  Interpretive Specialist Karma Graham from California State Parks and Recreation accompanied King Richard.

Visitors can access Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park at the 10200 block of Larwin Avenue in Chatsworth. The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset, and no fee is required to enter.


 

Past Events - We Were There!

Chatsworth Day of the Horse Celebration
Sunday, April 9, 2017

Chatsworth Nature Preserve Open House
Sunday, April 2, 2017

Chatsworth Holiday Parade
Sunday, December 11, 2016

Santa Susana Trails Day
Saturday, November 5, 2016

Pioneer Day at Homestead Acre
Sunday, October 2, 2016

Chatsworth Historical Society Garden Festival Sunday, April 24, 2016

Day of the Horse
Sunday, April 17, 2016

18th Annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Chatsworth Nature Preserve Open House
Sunday, April 3, 2016

Santa Susana Trails Day
Saturday, November 14, 2015

Pioneer Day @ The Homestead Acre
Sunday, October 4, 2015

Garden Festival @ The Homestead Acre
Sunday, April 26, 2015

Chatsworth Nature Preserve
Open House
Sunday, April 12, 2015

Chatsworth Holiday Parade
Sunday, December 14, 2014

Santa Susana Trails Day
Saturday, November 15, 2014

Bird Fest, King Gillette Ranch

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Pioneer Day, Homestead Acre

Sunday, October 5, 2014

State Park Anniversary -
Chatsworth Branch Library

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Chatsworth
Day of the Horse

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Santa Susana Trails Day
Saturday, May 3, 2014

Chatsworth Historical Society Garden Festival
Sunday, April 27, 2014

Earth Day at Chatsworth Nature
Preserve
Sunday, April 6, 2014

Earth Day at Chatsworth Nature Preserve
Sunday, April 7, 2013

Metro Orange Line Extension Grand Opening: Chatsworth Train Depot
Saturday, June 30, 2012

Boeing Bee Fest with Pollinator Partnership:  Saturday, June 23, 2012

No Place Like Hope Family Picnic and Hoedown:  Sunday, June 10, 2012

Santa Susana Trails Day:
Saturday, May 19, 2012

Chatsworth Historical Society Garden Festival:  Sunday, April 29, 2012

Chatsworth Neighborhood Council Day of the Horse:  Sunday, April 22, 2012

Earth Day at Chatsworth Nature Preserve:  Sunday, April 15, 2012



 

The Foundation shared a tent with Save Chatsworth at the Metro Orange Line Extension grand opening at the Chatsworth Train Depot on June 30, 2012.  Hundreds of attendees were provided information about the Park

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