Charmlee Park Hike

Gorgeous Ocean Overlook with Purple Flowers at Charmlee Park

Happy Memorial Day, Double Chinners! I hope you had a long, restful weekend. This weekend I was a busy little bee, but I did it right: mixed social plans with fitness! My friend Jason had raved about a hike at a place called Charmlee Park in Malibu, so I asked him if he’d want to join Matt and I for a Monday hike. This place was absolutely gorgeous!

 

After the hour-long drive, we started off by eating our sandwiches – because as you know, any good workout requires the proper fueling up. I had a turkey sandwich and baked cheetos. Nom, nom.

Fueling up before my workout

Then, we were off! We climbed into a meadow full of amber grains and endless grasses. There were wild flowers everywhere, and bees happily flitted around the blossoms. Giant sprays of yellow mustard popped against the blue sky. See?

And we're off!

The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for a hike. It was in the low 70s, and a cool breeze showed up every time we huffed and puffed up a hill. I had to stop a few times to take pictures of the local flora, like these pretty purple flowers hiding among some grass.

Cute purple flowers

After a bit of a trek, we arrived at the first vista. Can you imagine living out here?!

Peninsula and flowers at Charmlee

We continued onwards and ended up at the second ocean overlook. At this point I was swooning and thanking my parents for moving us to such a heavenly place.

We huffed and puffed and chugged up a few more hills to check out some “Ranch Ruins”, which were really just like rocks. It’s wasn’t even exciting enough for a picture – with the breathtaking ocean views, a pile of rocks was sort of underwhelming. I took a few more pictures of flowers.

White wild flowers

Happy Hiker!

This was a perfect hike because it was challenging enough – the majority of it wasn’t backbreaking, cardio labor, but there were a few tough hills that had me cursing my excess weight. I really love hiking though, because it’s a great way to work out, socialize, and take in the incredible sights. It doesn’t really seem like exercise. At the end of the hike (about 2.5 hours), I was sweaty, hot and tired – but feeling good after all the endorphins and vitamin D kicked in. Can’t you tell?

Did you do any fun kinds of fitness this weekend? What did you do?

 

 


4 thoughts on “Charmlee Park Hike

  1. That place is definitely gorgeous! Maybe I’ll go there while I visit and you guys are trapped inside at work, haha.

    I got exercise this weekend by watching the fireworks at the Golden Gate Bridge, we parked on top of a hill and had to walk a bit over a mile there, back, and around the piers to find a spot. The hill was awesome along with a million stairs..

    It was SO worth it though.

    I need to start hiking more, it’s the best way to lose weight while having fun! I lost 20 pounds for your wedding by just walking up hill outside, it was great!

    If only my allergies weren’t holding me back. :(

  2. I love hiking. It’s one of the best workouts because you can get a fair amount of exercise while changing your scenery, taking photos, and what’s a hike without a snack?

  3. I hiked around Julia Pfieffer Falls in Big Sur and Armstrong Woods in Guerneville. Yay for pretty hikes this weekend! We should do some hiking in Altadena one of these weekends :)

  4. Looks like you had a blast :) I went for hike with Alycia last week and it was so fun! I hadn’t done that in forever!! :) Would love to hike where we can see the coast though!! So jealous!!

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