One of the most stunning locales in the Santa Monica Mountains, 588-acre King Gillette Ranch is situated in the heart of the Malibu Creek Watershed, by the confluence of five major tributaries, and adjacent to Malibu Creek State Park. This scenic parkland at the lower end of the Las Virgenes Valley is a haven for larger mammals of the Santa Monica Mountains. At the same time, it offers a rare unspoiled view of California’s rich archeological, cultural, and historic resources, including a Chumash settlement, and nationally significant structures designed for razor magnate King C. Gillette in the 1920’s by Wallace Neff, architect of California’s Golden Age.
The broad meadows and low ridgelines serve as a wildlife movement corridor or hub in the geographic center of the Santa Monica Mountains range. Nine sensitive species are present. Raptors and other birds forage and nest among the plant communities of valley and coast live oak savannah, grassland, coastal sage scrub, chaparral, riparian woodland, and southern willow riparian vegetation. Park features include Gillette’s historic Spanish Colonial Revival style mansion and other structures that were part of the original landscape plan. These include a long eucalyptus alleé and grand entry, a large constructed pond, a formal courtyard and terrace, bridges, and lawns.
A short, somewhat steep hike from the parking area leads to a knoll with 360-degree views—including the famous rock formations of Malibu Creek State Park. Other activities include strolling, bicycling, photography, and picnicking.
Jointly managed by the National Park Service, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, and California State Parks, The Anthony C. Beilenson Visitor Center provides orientation to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, interprets the unique characteristics of the Santa Monica Mountains, and introduces visitors to the varied resources available to them.
King Gillette Ranch is owned and managed by the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority in cooperation with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area unit of the National Park Service, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, and California State Parks.
Take Hwy 101 (Ventura Freeway) to the Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon exit. Head south on Las Virgenes Road and continue to Mulholland Hwy, about two miles. Turn left onto Mulholland Highway and immediately look for the King Gillette Ranch entrance on the right.
Take the Santa Monica Freeway (I-10) west to the Pacific Coast Highway north. Travel approximately 12 miles then turn right onto Malibu Canyon Road. Continue on Malibu Canyon Road for approximately seven miles, and then turn right onto Mulholland Highway. Immediately look for the King Gillette Ranch entrance on the right.
Parking: Ample parking is available for $7.00 per day.
26800 West Mulholland Highway Calabasas, CA 91302
Park Hours 8:00 AM to Sunset.
No barbeques or open fires.
Dogs are not permitted.