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Nike Missile Control Site LA-96C

Encino

Address: 17024 Mulholland Dr, Encino, CA

Did you know there’s an old missile tower off Mulholland Drive, just above Encino? Yup – this super cool, easily accessible Nike Missile Control Site (LA-96C) overlooks BOTH the San Fernando Valley and West LA, including Santa Monica and the South Bay on a clear day.

To get to the tower, GPS “Upper Canyonback Trailhead”. Upon arrival, you’ll see a dirt road that seemingly leads to nowhere (but it does). Take the road up a couple hundred yards and park where the other cars are parked. Then, walk between the yellow barrier gate and continue up the fire road about a mile. It’s an effortless path – hardly any incline – with excellent Valley views; and for those that didn’t know (another surprise), you’ll see the hidden Encino Reservoir down below. The missile site will become obvious as you approach. Once there, you can enjoy a variety of picnic tables, benches, restrooms, viewfinders, as well as of course the tower itself which has a staircase and large platform on top.

For more information, check out www.mrca.ca.gov/parks/park-listing/san-vicente-mountain-park and/or scroll down to see a short video from informative YouTuber “California Through My Lens”.

These photos were taken August 2021. Click to enlarge.

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