XEROX Mountaineering & Backpacking Club

Charmlee Natural Area Co. Park April 29, 1990, Sunday

What: Dayhike

When: April 29, 1990, Sunday - 10:00 AM

Statistics: Rating easy; elevation gain 300 ft; 4 miles round trip.

Topo Map: Triunfo Pass

Reference: John McKinney, "Charmlee Park Blooms Tint Santa Monica Mts," Los Angeles Times.
Sierra Club SMMTF, Day Walks in the Santa Monica Mts, pg 91.

Bring: ten essentials, jacket, insect repellent, hat, sunscreen, lunch, money for post-hike pizza. Leader will have first-aid kit, in case the pizza proves to be toxic!

Miscellany: You must write or call the leader / co-leader if you plan to attend or cancel attendance. Let me know if you need a ride or can offer a ride. Rain on Saturday will cancel outing.

Route and Highlights

Charmlee Natural Area County Park is about 400 acres embracing almost every type of terrain in the Santa Monic Mountains. The main feature of the park is a large bowl-shaped meadow surrounded by oak groves. If we are lucky, spring wild flowers will be in full bloom. A short walk outside of the meadow will take us to a spectacular vista of the ocean from Zuma Beach and Point Dume to Sequit Point in Leo Carrillo State Park. Offshore, we will see Catalina Island and two of the Channel Islands, Anacapa and Santa Cruz, if conditions are right.

Driving Details

Charmlee Natural Area County Park is on Encinal Canyon Road which can be reached from Pacific Coast Highway or from Mulholland.

From the south, take the Santa Monica Freeway west to Pacific Coast Highway. Travel north on PCH about 27 miles to Encinal Canyon Road. Turn north on Encinal Canyon Road and travel 4 miles to the park entrance which will be on your left.

From the north, take the Ventura Freeway to the Kanan Road exit. Turn south on Kanan Road and travel 6.2 miles to Mulholland. Turn right on Mulholland, travel for one mile, then take the left fork which is Encinal Canyon Road (the right fork is Mulholland Highway). Travel 3.6 miles on Encinal to a T-intersection. Turn left to continue on Encinal Canyon Road. The entrance to the park will be a little over a mile on your right.

A small sign is loacted one quarter mile before the entrance on the north and south approaches. The entrance is rather poorly marked and one must look carefully for the entrance.

Leader: Jeanne Agena – work: (213)333-6227 home: (213)373-4689 E-Mail: JAgen:ES CP8

Co-Leader: Bob Laman – work: (213)333-3287 home: (213)719-8604 E-Mail: RLaman:LAX1B

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