"Doglips," on the Lower Iverson in Chatsworth, Calif.
I've had a long-running fixation with this sandstone monstrosity, one of the heavily filmed "Classic Rocks" on the former Iverson Movie Ranch.
Doglips in its "Chinless Wonder" persona
The rock takes on a multitude of identities from various angles, including standing upright and puffing its chest out in cartoonlike bravado when viewed from just the right angle from the north. Your mileage may vary.
Doglips' eastern profile
Each of the rock's many profiles is at least as weird as the last — and in some cases even weirder. Viewed from the east, Doglips even flashes what might be interpreted as "dog tongue."
Doglips and its neighbor, Lone Ranger Rock
Pulling back the camera a bit, we see Doglips along with its much smaller — and much more famous — neighbor to the south, Lone Ranger Rock. The Santa Susana Mountains to the west can be seen in the background.
Doglips' cameo in the opening to the TV show "The Lone Ranger"
A little-known secret is that Doglips, too, appears in the opening sequence for "The Lone Ranger" — albeit in a supporting role, hiding in the background as Clayton Moore, Silver and Lone Ranger Rock take their bows.
Doglips, right, with Lone Ranger Rock to its left
The close bond between Doglips and Lone Ranger Rock is evident again in this recent shot from yet another angle, with the camera capturing the two rocks from the northeast.
"Unknown Valley" (Columbia, 1933): Doglips threatens to get weird
Doglips makes countless appearances in movies and TV shows, but rarely does it unleash anything like the full fury of its weirdness on the screen — there's really no substitute for seeing the rock up close and in person.
Unknown Valley" captures the upper section of Doglips from almost the same angle seen in photos just above this one, with the camera again shooting from the northeast.
"The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" TV series
A more common angle for Doglips in productions is this one showing the rock's distinctive Western profile. It's about the same thing you see today when you drive past the rock on Redmesa Road.
Doglips in 2016 (photo by Jerry Condit)
I love this photo capturing the rock's Dali-esque Western profile in all its black and white glory. This contemporary view of the rock was taken in early 2016 by photographer and film location historian Jerry Condit.
"Jungle Girl" (Republic serial, 1941)
Notice the dark rock in the left half of the screen, with its shape reminiscent of the head of a monkey.
"Perils of Nyoka" (Republic serial, 1942)
The following year the seminal Republic serial "Perils of Nyoka" came to Iverson for an extensive shoot. This shot from the production includes Doglips and a number of other interesting rocks, filmed from the top of Nyoka Cliff.
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"Perils of Nyoka": The view from on high, near the Nyoka Summit
When Clayton steps aside later in the sequence, we see revealed the rock he was inadvertently hiding from us: Lone Ranger Rock, today the most famous rock feature on the Iverson Ranch.
Doglips and Lone Ranger Rock in modern times
This contemporary shot offers a similar high angle on Lone Ranger Rock and Doglips.
The Upper Gorge today: Movie rocks and condos
Pulling back for a wider view of the same area, we see the rocks' proximity to Redmesa Road, along with the expanse of condos that now fills much of the former Lower Iverson.
How to find Doglips, just east of Redmesa Road
It's easy to visit Doglips. First make your way to Chatsworth, Calif. Take the 118 Freeway to Topanga headed south, turn right on Santa Susana Pass Road, then right on Redmesa. You won't even have to get out of the car.