Formerly known as Rancho Aldea Antigua, Spanish for ancient hamlet, Whitecliff runs along the western ridge of the Franklin Creek watershed, just outside the Los Padres National Forest. It is one of several dozen small ranches and farms that create the beautiful, open landscape between Foothill Road and the forest land. The Land Trust has secured conservation easements on much of the land in the upper Franklin Creek and Santa Monica Creek watersheds, including Rancho Monte Alegre and the Horton Family Ranch.
The easement was originally donated in 2007 by previous ranch owner David H. Anderson, a founder and long-time former board member of the Land Trust and a leader in local and national voluntary land conservation for decades. The ranch is a key part of the open space view looking east from the Franklin Trail, another Land Trust effort.