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San Vicente Mtn Park - Santa Monica Mtns, CA

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Distance Round Trip 7.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,887 feet
Elevation Gain -637 feet
Accumulated Gain 750 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 11.25
Interest Historic & Peak
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18  2014-12-26 Grasshopper
Author Grasshopper
author avatar Guides 46
Routes 480
Photos 8,786
Trips 543 map ( 5,393 miles )
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Location Scottsdale, AZ
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Sun  4:43am - 7:09pm
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"Cold War" Military History
by Grasshopper

Located NE of the Los Angeles metro area, a Family Friendly, Benchmark Mountain, with "Cold War" Military History to also include Day Hiking - Mountain Biking - Dog Watching & Dog Dogging. The West Manderville Fire Road route is closed to Vehicle Traffic for the entire ~3.75 mile one way.

The recommended Upper Park / TH Start is within San Vicente Mountain Park and the Lower W. Manderville Fire Road Park / TH Start is within the Manderville Canyon Park.

History: San Vicente Mountain BM at 1961ft was an ideal site for NIKE missile radar. It provided vision in all directions. In 1956, during the "Cold War", soldiers from the LA96C Battery could look southwest to a youthful Los Angeles with few of the tall buildings we see today. From here it is 15 miles to the center of downtown and 10 miles to Venice Beach.

During the "Cold War" period this was a military reservation. LA96C was one of the NIKE missile sites that protected Los Angeles from a feared attack by Soviet bombers. It was an active battery from 1956 - 1968 with radar searching the sky for enemy airplanes. In 1962 NIKE officials claimed, "Whatever tomorrow brings...NIKE will be watching, always ready. In the 1960's new military technology made the NIKE missiles obsolete, and the site has now been made into a park. Unfortunately, Mother Nature is reclaiming the military ruins.

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2014-12-30 Grasshopper
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    Los Angeles area: Take Mulholland Drive WEST off the 405 Freeway to the Mulholland Drive WEST end at posted GPS Route's Park / TH Start Upper location (at 34.12908 -118.51329). Parking for maximum of 2-3 vehicles at this alternate Upper Location, a better Park/Start option.
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