Visiting the ranch is easy. Unlike the Malibu Creek State Park there is no entry fee and no long hikes to see a filming site. If you park at the farthest end of the parking lot you probably would still only have a 1/4 mile walk to the western town. Although there are plenty of hikes nearby.
On my recent visit to The Paramount Ranch I traveled with a large meetup group. For some unknown reason I arrived extremely tired. Maybe the earlier 5 mile hike did me in, or maybe it was just one of those days. I zipped through the entire western town with a quickness snapping pictures of everything. Although the ranch is a very interesting site, It is very easy to see everything in a short amount of time. There are many surrounding trails such as The Backdrop Trail or The Hacienda Trail if you are not in a hurry.
As I waited for the rest of the group I had time to take a much needed nap. It was magical laying down on the train station platform (Used in Northern Exposure as Denver) staring at the blue sky and feeling a cool breeze against my body. I started to fall asleep. Eventually after what seemed like hours the rest of the large group was just arriving.
Large groups are fun but once more than a few people get together it seems that everything takes forever. I was already ready to leave and the group had just arrived. Ahhhhhhhhhh. So I slept more, woke up for the group picture and then left.
If you are not tired you can visit the ranch in this way:
From Los Angeles:
Take 101 North
Exit Kanan Road
Turn Left at Sideway Road
It turns into Cornell Road
Destination is on the right
If you reach Mulholland Highway you went to far