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Abandoned: El Toro Marine Corps Base, Southern Cali

 
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Mar 15, 2010 17:30 |  #1

This military base is HUGE. Definitely a fairly intimidating place to go exploring. This is still a fairly active place, with an RV storage facility and a recreational park. Orange County has big plans for this place, and they've already started tearing down a lot of structures. In case anyone is wondering, this is the location of the famed Ken Block Gymkhana Videos featuring his Subaru rally car, although I don't think we were in an area of the case where those vids took place. We got in a good hour or so of exploration before the cops came and broke up all the fun. =(

1.) One of the first buildings we came across as we entered the base

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2.) Some mood lighting...
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3.) Fire Truck Parking Only
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4.) Empty Chair
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5.) This building may have some slight water damage...
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6.) This is located near the barracks.
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7.) Thank god for my 580EX II, it was pitch black in this room!
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8.) The police weren't too keen on us walking around in there, so we were asked to leave...
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Mar 15, 2010 20:15 |  #2

Interesting photos. I was privileged to visit El Toro back in the day when it was an active MCAS -- I have lots of pictures (all on film) of A-4 Skyhawks. Can you get anywhere close to the old flight line? Are there any plans for the runways, hangars, etc.?

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Mar 15, 2010 20:19 |  #3
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DAMN I am behind the times, I didn't realize that El Toro had been closed. I actually was never there, but I spent 4 years 70-74 at Miramar. Of course it now belongs to the Marines


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Mar 15, 2010 20:22 |  #4

Know that base quite well... went to the Air Show there every year when I was younger.

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Mar 15, 2010 20:33 |  #5

umgrizz wrote in post #9803594 (external link)
Interesting photos. I was privileged to visit El Toro back in the day when it was an active MCAS -- I have lots of pictures (all on film) of A-4 Skyhawks. Can you get anywhere close to the old flight line? Are there any plans for the runways, hangars, etc.?

Curt

I'm not real sure what the exact plans are. I think there are a lot of different things that will happen with the land. Housing, Shopping Centers, Parks, Recreational facilities, and I believe there will be an extension of CSU Fullerton as well.

Here's a little more info about it:
http://en.wikipedia.or​g …Corps_Air_Stati​on_El_Toro (external link)


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Mar 18, 2010 21:57 |  #6

We have nothing like that here in Las Vegas. Sure wish we did. Makes for great images.


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Mar 18, 2010 22:41 |  #7

Good work. #5 is awesome.


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Mar 19, 2010 11:33 |  #8

Great set! I am near el toro too.. did you hop the fence or was it open to walk through.. I do see some random areas along the way to the great park. Did you get to go up on the orange balloon to get some aerial views?


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Mar 19, 2010 12:01 |  #9

fiveFPS wrote in post #9829119 (external link)
Great set! I am near el toro too.. did you hop the fence or was it open to walk through.. I do see some random areas along the way to the great park. Did you get to go up on the orange balloon to get some aerial views?

We didn't hop any fences (well sort of). You can actually drive in to the base at a couple different points, so that's what we did. We might have had to squeeze through a fence or two. 8)

We didn't go up in the orange balloon thing, but that might be kinda fun to try.


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Mar 19, 2010 14:16 |  #10

I remember it well. I was in the VMCJ-3 squadron 1961-62. We had F8U-1P Crusaders and Douglas F3D-2Q Sky Nights. It saddens me to see it in the state it is in now.


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Mar 26, 2010 12:36 |  #11

CaptainTonus wrote in post #9829314 (external link)
We didn't hop any fences (well sort of). You can actually drive in to the base at a couple different points, so that's what we did. We might have had to squeeze through a fence or two. 8)

We didn't go up in the orange balloon thing, but that might be kinda fun to try.


the orange balloon is great.. I went on it many times.. I hear it's still free ! i thought they stopped that long ago last year.


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May 08, 2014 12:17 as a reply to  @ fiveFPS's post |  #12

I live less than 3 miles away from there and i was thinking of taking some riends and going exploring over there this weekend!! if i do ill share some of the pictures with you!




  
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May 08, 2014 12:38 |  #13

I lived near there for years, and used to go to the annual air show. To the East of the barracks on the east side of Irvine Blvd, was an area known as rattlesnake gulch, it was single family homes for officers and their families (and a few rattlesnakes as well). I used to date a girl whose father was an officer, and used to explore that area (it might be easier to get into as it is outside of Irvine, so covered by OC Sheriff)




  
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May 08, 2014 20:32 |  #14

vr002sh wrote in post #16890709 (external link)
I lived near there for years, and used to go to the annual air show. To the East of the barracks on the east side of Irvine Blvd, was an area known as rattlesnake gulch, it was single family homes for officers and their families (and a few rattlesnakes as well). I used to date a girl whose father was an officer, and used to explore that area (it might be easier to get into as it is outside of Irvine, so covered by OC Sheriff)

thanks for the tip!




  
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May 09, 2014 14:52 |  #15

The original post was over 4 years ago so a lot of it may be gone.




  
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