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4. HIDEOUT ROCK aka CANYON
ROCK and ROCKS GALORE
Canyon Rock / Hideout Rock
On the north side of Robin Hood Lake east of Silvertown
is Canyon Rock, also known as Hideout Rock. The space between the tree
and the huge rock was often used to simulate the entrance to a valley.
The photograph shown above is from the 1951 movie Jungle
Manhunt, starring Johnny Weissmuller, Sheila Ryan, Bob Waterfield (a
popular quarterback from the Los Angeles Rams), Rick Vallin and Lyle Talbot.
View from "behind" the rock
The Trail Blazer Cave
The cave was a clever fake. The right side had been built
up with plaster and cement. Shown at the cave's front entrance are from
left to right: Bob Steele, Hoot Gibson, and Ken Maynard.
Movies that used this location include Arizona Whirlwind,
Billy the Kid vs. Dracula, The Range Busters, The Fugitive with David
Janson (episode 10,000 Pieces of Silver), and Nyoka and the Tigermen
(this 14-chapter serial used the back entrance of the cave)
Approaching Cave Entrance
Interior of the Cave
Side of the cave where vandals have torn out the plaster
Climbing to the rock cliff high above the Cave
Looking down into the Robin Hood Lake area from famous
Caves (Rock Shelter)
The Chumash Indians lived in these caves and rock shelters
for hundreds of years. Due to local weather conditions, most of the Indians'
shelters faced east and south. The Chumash used caves in this area as stopping
places as they travelled through the region. These are natural formations
in the sandstone.
Notice the tri-colored plants growing on the sandstone
rocks. This plant, called lichen, is composed of both algae and fungus
growing as a single unit. The algae produce food and the fungus holds onto
the rock. This is a good example of the symbiotic relationship in which
one plant cannot live without the other. "Algae and fungus took a lichen
to each other, but the marriage ended up on the rocks." They also break
down the rock and provide soil for future plants to grow.
Large sandstone rock formations are located throughout
the park. Sandstone is a sedimentary rock that was formed at the bottom
of the ocean floor from compressed sand. Thick desposits of sandstone built
up under the ocean over millions of years to form the cliffs that you see.
Over time, the rocks were exposed to the weather through upheaval and continental
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