The Family bounced around Topanga Canyon a lot
It’s no secret that the Family moved around California, between the Spiral Staircase House, Dennis Wilson’s house, Spahn Ranch and finally, Barker Ranch. But in reality, they were far more transient. "Charlie knew people everywhere who were willing to open their homes to us as if we were their relatives," writes Lake. "And if there wasn't someone around that Charlie knew, he would use his charm to convince strangers to open their homes to us."
After moving around for a while, the Family lived in a home called the Spiral Staircase house – which Lake and her family had helped clean up before she even met Manson – then to other houses in Topanga Canyon on Fernwood Street and Summit Trail. Following their eviction from Summit Trail, they moved in with Charlie's old prison friend Harold True, and then onto Spahn Ranch. The constant moving was also a recruitment tactic, allowing Manson and the Family to pull others into their orbit as they traveled between abandoned houses, hippie communes and ranches in the desert.