[Guest post by morangm]
Wildwood Canyon State Park, located in the foothills of the San Bernardino mountains in Yucaipa, California, is a really lovely place to spend an afternoon. The park boasts beautiful scenery full of native California vegetation, including some oak forests, and also some nice views of the surrounding valleys from the ridges. The park is a great location for hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, wildlife watching, and native plant observation. Pre-pandemic it was a very quiet place, despite being close to a populous and growing urban area. On most of my visits, there was hardly anyone there. It seems to have gotten more popular since the pandemic has driven people toward more outdoor recreational activities.
The park also houses some abandoned ranch houses, the type of topic Kodachromeguy really likes, and hence why I am writing this post.
According to the park brochure, the park's territory has had failed large-scale development planned more than once. In the 1920s, a country club development was planned, but there was little interest from buyers, and most of the lots remained unsold. The property was then sold to Vernon Hunt, who used the lands for his ranch starting in 1940. Another portion of the park lands was owned by the McCullough family, who built "Hi-Up House" in the 1930s and lived off the land. More recently, developers planned to build a new subdivision on the land, but a flood disrupted those plans. Instead, the State of California purchased the land and turned it into a park in 2003.
Today, you can hike about a mile from the parking area to the remnants of the Hunt Ranch. It's a mix of picturesque wooden buildings that are probably the originals from the 1940s and some newer equipment storage hangers with corrugated steel walls and roofs.
|I guess this was a stable.|
|The building in the foreground seems to have been for chicken. The hangar in the background has rusted bits of farm equipment in it.|
|I'm not sure what this was. Maybe living quarters. Leave a comment if you know.|
|Presumably more living quarters with storage underneath|
|A more modern house, equally abandoned|
|Newer stables, equally abandoned. Nice place for a picnic.|
|Acorn woodpecker holes in the wood siding of one of the abandoned Hunt Ranch wooden buildings|
|Hi-Up House, front view|
|Hi-Up House, back view. The roof is in great shape, so clearly it's been maintained recently.|
|Hi-Up House balcony|
|Nice place to watch the sunset|
Because Kodachromeguy always does this: All photos were taken with a Samsung Galaxy S10e smartphone.