Channeling the spirit of the Cold War, in 1962 Nike missile radar officials claimed, "Whatever tomorrow brings... Nike will be watching, always ready." Where they were ready and watching from is now called San Vicente Mountain Park, a 1,950 ft peak above Encino that is part of a 20,000 acre urban wilderness area called Big Wild.
Incidentally the Nike Missile Project had nothing to do with the running shoe brand the name calls to mind. Project Nike was a function of the U.S. Army, so named for the Greek word for "Victory". Nike missiles were anti-aircraft weapons produced during the Cold War. Our Brentwood/Encino Nike Missile Control Site was in use from 1950's until the late '60s.
We will begin our hike on a unique, unpaved portion of Mulholland Drive that locals affectionately call "Dirt Mulholland". We will walk through the former NIKE Missile Control Site and descend from San Vicente Mountain Park into Mandeville Canyon. We will then ascend out of the canyon through Westridge Canyonback Wilderness Park to close a 5 mile loop.
Distance: Approx. 5 miles
Hiking time: Approx. 2 1/2 hours