Contents 1 Trails 2 Access 3 History 4 Adjacent parks 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Trails[edit] Bell Canyon Park has trails along riparian Bell Creek and upstream beside the Bell Canyon community.[2] Trails have junctions to connect with El Escorpión Park[3] and Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve and their miles of trail networks.[4] A secondary route to the top of Escorpión Peak (Castle Peak) begins in the park also. The peak and both other parks are adjacent directly to the south of Bell Canyon Park. The trails are available for walking, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and equestrian riding.

Access[edit] Access to the park and parking is off Bell Canyon Boulevard (Bell Canyon Road) near the intersection with Overland Drive, west of Valley Circle Boulevard in West Hills, Los Angeles 91307 and in the lot in the community of Bell Canyon. The park is open from sunrise to sunset, 7 days a week. Rattlesnakes live in the area, requiring observant footfalls and handholds. Unauthorized motor vehicles and motorbikes are not permitted. The park's land, with public access via trails only, extends upstream past the 'guard-gated' road into the Bell Canyon community to junctions with other trails.[5] Bell Canyon Park is operated by the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.[6]

History[edit] Southeastern San Fernando Valley, from 1880 map of Los Angeles topography, showing Rancho El Escorpión. The area was inhabited for around 8,000 years by Native Americans of the Chumash-Ventureño and Tongva-Fernandeño tribes that lived and traded in the Simi Hills and close to tributaries of the Los Angeles River.[7] A village, Hu'wam, of the Chumash-Ventureños, was located at the base of Escorpión Peak (Castle Peak) along present Bell Creek near the mouth of Bell Canyon.[8] It was a meeting and trading place for them with the Tongva-Fernandeño and Tataviam-Fernandeño indigenous people.[9] In 1798 the land became the property of the 'new' Spanish Mission San Fernando Rey de España (Mission San Fernando). In 1845 a Mexican land grant established Rancho El Escorpión here, one of the few granted to Native Americans. The former adobe rancho buildings were located within the current park (adobes existed 1840s-1960s).[10][11][12] The rancho was purchased by George Platt in 1912, becoming the Platt Ranch in 1912.[13][14]

Adjacent parks[edit] El Escorpión Park Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve

See also[edit] Los Angeles portal Burro Flats Painted Cave Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Wildlife corridor Rancho El Escorpión List of parks in Los Angeles

References[edit] ^ Bell Canyon Park Accessed 10/17/2009 ^ Bell Canyon Map Accessed 3/28/2010 ^ El Escorpión Park Accessed 2/28/2010 ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2012-02-08.  Upper_Las_Virgenes_Cyn.-park Accessed 2/28/2010 ^ Bell Canyon Trails Map Accessed 3/28/2010 ^ [1] Bell Canyon Park Accessed 2/28/2010 ^ USA Today article USA Today Accessed 5/22/2010 ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-03-14. Retrieved 2010-03-23.  SSPSHP Ethnohistory Accessed 2/28/2010 ^ ""Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-03-13. Retrieved 2010-03-24.  Ahmanson Ranch Becomes Private Preserve," [Wishtoyo Foundation website. Accessed 10/23/2007 ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Rancho El Escorpión ^ Map of old Spanish and Mexican ranchos in Los Angeles County Accessed 4/29/2008 ^ [2] CSUN: Rancho El Escorpión photos Accessed 4/29/2008 ^ April 2007 Bulletin-Canoga/Owensmouth Historical Society Accessed 2/28/2010 ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-03-14. Retrieved 2010-03-23.  SSPSHP Ethnohistory. Accessed 2/28/2010

External links[edit] L.A.Rec+Parks: official Bell Canyon Park website Upper Bell Canyon Trails: hiking + equestrian trails Map. Bell Canyon photo gallery: 'Nature' sections L.A.Rec+Parks: official El Escorpión Park website official Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve website Coordinates: 34°12′05″N 118°39′48″W / 34.20139°N 118.66333°W / 34.20139; -118.66333 v t e West Hills, Los Angeles Education Primary and secondary schools Los Angeles USD Las Virgenes USD Chaminade College Prep middle school de Toledo High School (formerly New Community Jewish HS) West Valley Christian Other education Los Angeles Community College District Los Angeles Public Library Other Landmarks Bell Canyon Park El Escorpión Park Fallbrook Center Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve Orcutt Ranch Horticulture Center This list is incomplete. v t e Los Angeles city areas within the San Fernando and Crescenta Valleys Districts and neighborhoods Arleta Canoga Park Chatsworth Encino Granada Hills Lake View Terrace Lake Balboa Mission Hills NoHo Arts District North Hills North Hollywood Northridge Pacoima Panorama City Porter Ranch Reseda Shadow Hills Sherman Oaks Studio City Sun Valley Sunland-Tujunga Sylmar Tarzana Toluca Lake Valley Village Van Nuys Ventura Business District Warner Center West Hills Winnetka Woodland Hills Points of interest CSUN Campo de Cahuenga Los Encinos State Historic Park San Fernando Mission Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park Universal Studios Hollywood Neighboring cities and communities Burbank Calabasas Glendale Hidden Hills La Crescenta City of San Fernando Universal City LA Regions Crescenta Valley Downtown Eastside Harbor Area Greater Hollywood Northeast LA Northwest LA San Fernando Valley South LA Westside Wilshire Mid-City West Mid-Wilshire Retrieved from "" Categories: ChumashParks in the San Fernando ValleyParks in Los AngelesParks in Los Angeles County, CaliforniaRegional parks in CaliforniaSimi HillsWest Hills, Los AngelesHidden categories: Coordinates on Wikidata

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