El Escorpión Park

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Castle Peak
kas'ele'ew
Castle Peak San Fernando Valley.jpg
Castle Peak from the east
Elevation ~1,475 feet (450 m)
Location
Location West Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
Range Simi Hills
Coordinates 34°12′0.45″N 118°39′51.7″W / 34.2001250°N 118.664361°W / 34.2001250; -118.664361
Climbing
Easiest route southern route

El Escorpión Park is a three-acre (12,000 m²) park located in the Simi Hills of the western San Fernando Valley, in the West Hills district of Los Angeles, California. The park contains the geographic landmark known as Castle Peak (kas'ele'ew picacho[1]), a 1,475-foot-tall (450 m) rocky peak seen from most parts of the park and the surrounding community.

Access[edit]

The El Escorpión Park entrance and parking is at the western end of Vanowen Street, west of Valley Circle Boulevard, in West Hills.[2]

The park is open from sunrise to sunset, 7 days a week. The trails are available for walking, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking and equestrian use. Dogs are allowed on a leash. Rattlesnakes live in the area, requiring observant footfalls and handholds. Unauthorized motor vehicles and motorbikes are not permitted.[3]

El Escorpión Park is managed by the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.[3]

Hiking[edit]

The peak[edit]

Climbing the rough south side trail to the summit of Castle Peak is not for beginners and is considered challenging. This hike is not recommended for children. The final climb to the top of the peak requires climbing over boulders and other rocks, and missteps or slips can result in a fall. Intermediate and advanced hikers will enjoy the vertical challenge, around 561 feet (171 m) of gain in a very short distance. The beginning of the trail in Moores Canyon is easily seen at the base of the peak. Around 3/4 of the way up the trail becomes more difficult to see, the easiest route veers to the left (west).[4]

Other trails[edit]

  • An informal small circular mountain bike area with easy jumps is located in upper Moores Canyon near the cyclone fence by the El Escorpión Park and Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Preserve boundary. Several trails goes northwest from this area, around the western side of the Peak, to connect with the trail down Bell Canyon along Bell Creek to Bell Creek Park, and even on to the Victory Trailhead for full loop.

History[edit]

Castle Peak is the corrupted American form of the Ventureño Chumash name for the peak, which was kas'ele'ew (also, Kas'elew) in the Chumash language,[14] The area was inhabited for around 8,000 years by Native Americans of the Tongva-Fernandeño and Chumash-Ventureño tribes that lived in the Simi Hills and close to tributaries of the Los Angeles River.[15] A village, Hu'wam (Ventureño Chumash placename), was located at the base of Castle Peak along present Bell Creek near the mouth of Bell Canyon.[16] It was a meeting and trading point for them with the Tongva-Fernandeño and Tataviam-Fernandeño people.[17]

Adjacent parks[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harrington Papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution, 91-31228
  2. ^ http://www.recreationparks.net/CA/los-angeles/el-escorpion-park-los-angeles El Escorpión Park
  3. ^ a b [1] El Escorpión Park
  4. ^ http://wiki.revecess.com/index.php?id=1109150186&mode=view Revecess_WIKI Castle Peak
  5. ^ [2] Revecess_WIKI Castle Peak
  6. ^ http://www.recreationparks.net/CA/los-angeles/bell-canyon-park-los-angeles Bell Canyon Park
  7. ^ http://www.nps.gov/juba/ NPS: Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail
  8. ^ http://venturacountytrails.org/TrailMaps/AhmansonRanch/AreaHome.html
  9. ^ [3] See Revecess_WIKI in External Links
  10. ^ [4] Bell Canyon Park
  11. ^ http://www.lamountains.com/parks.asp?parkid=28 Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Park
  12. ^ http://www.nps.gov/samo/planyourvisit/cheeseboropalocomado.htm Cheeseboro & Palo Comado Canyon Parks
  13. ^ http://www.lamountains.com/parks.asp?parkid=83 Cheeseboro Canyon Park
  14. ^ Ahmanson Ranch Conservancy website
  15. ^ USA Today article access date: 5/22/2010.
  16. ^ SSPSHP ethnohistory
  17. ^ "http://www.wishtoyo.org/projects-cultural-ahmanson-ranch.html Ahmanson Ranch Becomes Private Preserve," Wishtoyo Foundationw website. Accessed 10/23/2007

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