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10 mile moderate 1800 ft gain. A coastal and beach hike where the ocean views and spring wildflowers are spectacular. The Nicholas Flat area is where four different plant communities co-exist: Chaparral, grassland, coastal scrub and oak woodland. It is one of the best spots in the Santa Monica Mountains for spring wildflowers. We may see shooting star, hedge nettle, sugar bush, hollyleaf redberry, purple sage, chamise, blue dick, deer weed, burr clover, bush lupine, golden yarrow, fuschia-flowered gooseberry, and many more. We will have lunch at tranquil Nicholas Pond, atop grand boulders, offering views of the Malibu coast, Catalina Island, and the Channel Islands. The first 3 miles of the trail is a steady upward march of about 1600 feet. Expect variable weather from very cool mist to blazing hot sun. The last mile will be walking on the beach, squishing the sand between your toes. Sorry, No Dogs on this hike. Signs are posted.
Bring Hiking Poles, Plenty of water, Sunscreen, bug repellent, Hiking shoes with tread, lunch, hat.
Meet at Towsley Park outside the gates at 7:00 for 7:15 departure or meet at trailhead at 8:30.
Directions to Trailhead:
Take I5 South To I405 south to 101 North. Go South On Kanan Dume Road to PCH. Go North to Leo Carrillo State Beach. There is parking inside the Park for a fee or free parking along PCH on the southbound beach side. Meet at the sign that reads "Camp 13 Trail" about 500 feet inside of the park entrance at 8:30. You do not have to go past the ranger kiosk
unless you want to pay to park ($12.00). Get THERE EARLY!!! It may be a 15 minute walk to the trailhead after you park. If you are not familiar with Leo Carrillo State Beach Park, I encourage you to meet at Towsley Park for the car pool.
Hike Leader: Jerry