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To reach Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park the 405: Take Hwy. 118 west to Route 27/Topanga Canyon Blvd. Drive south for 2.2 miles and turn right on Lassen St. Make a slight left on Andora Ave. and park. The trailhead is on the right. Honoring the pioneer experience, there are no trail markers inside the park so it’s wise to bring along a trail map. You can’t mess up the first fork, a third of a mile from the start, because both trails head to the same place. Take the slightly longer route to the left to pass over a scenic ravine. When the trails reunite, turn left toward the base of the rocky cliffs. The trail bends to the right, angling downhill to a four-way junction. Turn left and head north. Make another left after a quarter-mile up a draw in the mountains. (If you start to approach power lines, you’ve missed the turn.) From here, it’s less than a quarter-mile to the commemorative plaque. Dog-friendly!