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King Gillette Ranch

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The King Gellette Ranch is the former home of King C. Gellette, famous for razor blades. Wallace Neff designed the major structures in the 1920s. The 25-room mansion is in the Spanish Colonial Revival style and was built in 1928. The pond, formed by damming Stokes Creek, a natural stream, was shaped like a razor blade. Gellette had grand ideas for the property but they fell apart with the coming of the Great Depression. After a series of owners, the park passed to public parkland in 2005.

The park is 588 acres in the Santa Monica Mountains and Malibu Creek Watershed and the confluence of five tributary streams. Plant communities include valley and coast live oak savannah, grassland, coastal sage scrub, chaparral, woodland, and southern willow riparian. Animals include deer, coyote, rabbits, and various birds. A Chumash settlement once occupied the site.

A botanic Center is in one corner. A Seminary Building was built by Claretian Order of the Catholic Church, a religious order that bought the ranch in 1952. As of this writing, the TV program Biggest Looser has a stage at the site and uses the park extensively. A one-mile hike to Inspiration Point affords a view of the ranch and surroundings.

Hours are 8:00 AM to sunset. Visitor Center closes at 5:00 PM.

Location: Southeast of the intersection of Las Virgenes Road and Mulholland Highway. Enter on the south side of Mulhollanf Highway. Park in designated areas.
26800 Mulholland Highway
Calabasas, CA 91302
310-858-7272
www.lamountains.com
Fee: $7.00 (2 hours free at the Visitor Center).
8 AM - Sunset.

No dogs, fires, or alcohol.

The ranch is managed by the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority in cooperation with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (a unit of the National Park Service), the Santa Monica Mountians Conservancy, and California State Parks. About 2012, the National Parks Service converted the former Stable into a Visitor Center with several exhibits on the local environment.
Gellette Mansion.
Gellette Mansion.
Gellette Mansion.

Gellette Mansion.

Mansion and Seminary.
Mansion.


Seminary, built by a religious order.
The pond is the approximate shape of a Gillette razor blade with the island being the hole in the blade.

More views of the pond.
A support pond on the other side of a bridge.

Botanic Center.
Stable.
Stable.
The Stable (left) has been rebuilt into the Visitor Center (right)
The Visitor Center, operated by the National Parks Service, was created from the former Stables.


This is a brail - touchable map.

The Visitor Center gets it's power from these solar cells on the roof of the parking shelter. It keeps the cars cool by making electricity from the sun.

Exhibits in the Visitor Center discuss the local environment, plants, and animals.
Exhibits in the Visitor Center discuss the local environment, plants, and animals.


This knoll, Inspiration Point, provides a 360 degree view including rock formations.

Looking east from Inspiration Point.

Fallen giant.

A deer browsing through the park.

Deer.

This coyote was taking a late afternoon walk through the park.
We saw this rabbit on an Easter Sunday.

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This page last updated: Saturday, 06-Jul-2013 17:52:52 EDT

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