Everyone In Southern California Must Hike To This Abandoned Nazi Hideout Before It’s Gone

Did you know that there’s an abandoned Nazi compound right here in Southern California nestled deep inside the Santa Monica mountains? That’s right, folks – a former hideout for Nazi sympathizers called Murphy Ranch is located in SoCal. I bet you didn’t see that one coming!  And it’s one heck of a cool hike near Pacific Palisades, filled with ruins from the original buildings dating back to the 1930s. Unfortunately, if you want to see it up close and in person, you must put this hike at the top of your list because the remaining structures are scheduled to be demolished on February 23, 2016. That’s less than a week away, so lace up those hiking boots and go check it out!

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The Stephens’ dream of a Nazi utopia in Los Angeles came to an end on Monday, December 8, 1941… the day after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Local police, assisted by Naval intelligence officers, stormed the compound and arrested Norman and Winona Stephens as well as the property’s 50+ caretakers (the caretakers were quickly released). For decades, creepy rumors swirled that at least some of the couple’s financing came directly from German government banks.

This video, posted by Chris Kang, will show you a glimpse of what you’ll see at Murphy Ranch and gives a bit more history on what eventually happened to this location after the Nazi hideout was abandoned at the end of the war.

How’s that for some twisted Southern California history? Let us know in the comments if you’ve been on this historic hike as we’d love to hear about your experience.