Corriganville Park

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Caves in Corriganville Park
Sun and trees in Corriganville Park

Corriganville Park

  • Location: 7001 Smith Road, Simi Valley.  From the 118 Freeway, take the Kuehner exit and head south for a mile and turn left on Smith.  Drive 0.3 miles to the end of Smith and park in the dirt lot.
  • Agency: Rancho Simi Recreation and Parks District
  • Distance: 1.5 miles
  • Elevation gain: 100 feet
  • Suggested time: 45 minutes
  • Difficulty Rating: G
  • Best season:  Year round
  • USGS topo map: “Simi Valley East”
  • More information: here; Everytrail report here
  • Rating: 4

Corriganville Park is not only a nice, convenient place to escape the heat of the San Fernando Valley, but it provides hikers with a glimpse at movie history.  The park’s oak-lined canyons and unusual rock formations have made it a favorite filming location.  It’s named after Ray “Crash” Corrigan, a cowboy actor who used to own the land.

There are several trails that tour the park, so there are any number of possible routes. The loop hike here is a nice easy one that visits some of the park’s more interesting scenery. Start at the far end of the lot on the Interpretive Trail, which leads through a pleasant grove of oaks. In a quarter mile, you come to a split. All of the trails end up re-joining each other, so it doesn’t really matter which one you take, but this route follows the middle fork. You reach some campground buildings and head left on a fire road which passes through another wooded area, soon arriving a T-junction. This is the park’s main trail, the Corrigan Loop.

Head right (left takes you back to the parking lot) and make your way around a large jumble of rocks. On your right, high above, you may see and hear the cars on the 118 freeway. The trail rises and soon comes to another split. As before, ultimately all trails lead to the same place, but to follow this route, head right (straight), downhill. At the next split, head left while the loop trail continues, soon ending up in a residential area.

A short climb brings you to another fire road, where you can take a detour by heading straight to a clearing where you get a nice view of the Santa Susanna Pass. Returning to the fire road, head downhill. On the left, some sandstone caves slightly off the trail are worth checking out.

At the next split, head right (the left trail is the loop, which will take you back to where you already were). You pass by the remains of Silvertown, one of the movie sets, and then you take a left to return to the parking lot.

Text and photography copyright 2011 by David W. Lockeretz, all rights reserved. Information and opinions provided are kept current to the best of the author’s ability. All readers hike at their own risk, and should be aware of the possible dangers of hiking, walking and other outdoor activities. By reading this, you agree not to hold the author or publisher of the content on this web site responsible for any injuries or inconveniences that may result from hiking on this trail. Check the informational links provided for up to date trail condition information.

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