King Gillette Ranch, Calabasas

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#885 of 1,207 in Outdoors in California
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  • As the father of a toddler, we're always looking for small, interesting excursions to get out of the house for a few hours each day. I discovered the King Gillette Ranch Visitor's Center after seeing ...  more »
  • We took a walk up to Inspiration Point and around a one mile circuit. Good views and easy walk. First part was a bit steep, so it got our hearts pumping, but after that it was either flat or downhill....  more »
  • DO NOT plan an event here!!! Horrible experience with the LA Mountains/NPS staff! I recently had an event at King Gillette and the event coordinator for LA Mountains/NPS, Joan Pankratz, is a nightmare...  more »
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  • I had the worst experience with this location. I saw the site six months before my event and took pictures. It was beautiful. I sent the coordinator the picture and asked her if I could rent the space she said yes. She would mail me a contract. She also mentioned it was the site of the former show "Biggest Loser". My contract came in pretty high but I was organizing my daughters first baby shower. I wanted it to be special. Two weeks before the event, I went to the site and saw it was a disaster. Apparently, when I took the photos it was still a "set" set up. The set was gone and no one told me they were taking the set away. The location had three foot weeds and was unkept. The maintenance staff eventually cleaned the area up after several emails to the coordinator about the disappointing mess. They mowed the weeds and threw bark on the ground. It was way too late for me to find another location so i had to make do. :( The day before my event I purchase $300 dollars worth of flowers and greenery to make the site beautiful, swept and purchase soiled for the hazardous areas my guests were going to walk on. The event turned out to beautiful even after disappointing location results. I was not notified about alot of things in regards to the location and for the money I paid the site was not worth it. I expected to receive my security deposit after I cleaned and made it safe for my guests. We left the site cleaner than when we got there. THEY KEPT MY SECURITY DEPOSIT!!! OMG!!! The location is beautiful but its a shame the staff do not work with you. They based keeping my deposit because I had slightly over the amount of guests and I went over the time allotted in the contract by one hour (I had to clean!!!) I did work with Pierre catering at the staffs request and he was a wonderful person to work with and would use him again. Out of all my years living in this area and coordinating events myself I have never experienced something so awful!
  • DO NOT plan an event here!!! Horrible experience with the LA Mountains/NPS staff! I recently had an event at King Gillette and the event coordinator for LA Mountains/NPS, Joan Pankratz, is a nightmare to work with. Not only did she over charge us for the space but she also kept the security deposit because we didn't clean up EXACTLY on the 4 hour mark. Even though we left the location spotless and better looking than we found it. Even the stone kitchen area was swept clean. She stays and watches every thing you do for the whole event time. Months prior to the event, we tried to get in touch with her during the planning process and she was always on "vacation" and took forever to send over paperwork or even a simple email to answer questions we had. When I saw her in person, she even told me it was her first event at King Gillette and she hadn't been there in a long time... meaning, she made up an absurd price to charge and had no idea what the venue looked like at the time.
  • This is a beautiful place to stroll around but the buildings aren't open for touring.
  • If you like history and nature you will like this unique park. Visitors Center is full of educational materials on local nature and geology. The gift store has nice selection of books, some fun clothing and crafts by local artisans. They also often have exhibits by local artists, photographers and on weekends host outdoor art and craft events. The area is beautiful any time of year but fall and spring are more colorful. The main house and stables (now Visitors Center) were designed and built by Wallace Neff just before the Great Depression. You can enjoy large grassy meadows dotted with Oaks, the long, winding driveway shaded by Sycamores and Eucalyptus, views of the surrounding mountains, a pond that's often visited by water birds and hiking trails. Free parking and restrooms by the Visitors Center.
  • I was fortunate enough to stop here with my wife. I've lived in this area for a very long time and had no idea the history of this place as well as the mansion lifted here. I happen to walk into the Welcome Center and was greeted by the Park Manager Scott Hughes. Mr Hughes knows all there is to know about the rich history of this place. What a treat it was to be given our own private tour of the King Gillette Ranch. They filmed MASH, Planet of the Apes, Pee Wee's Big Adventure and just recently wrapped up The Biggest Loser Will come here again when I have the time.

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