This is an easy, beautiful hike and suitable for all members, as well as my patellar tendonitis. We can follow the route suggested in Schad's 101 Hikes in Southern California which will take us on the Fire Ecology and Botany Trails with a stop at the Ocean Vista for a view of ... um ... the ocean vista. Here are the vital stats:
Distance: 2.8 miles (maybe we can add a bit more)
Elevation Gain: 500'
Dogs: Yes (leashed)
Rain cancels the hike. (I'll reschedule.)
I have never done this hike before, but I intend to check it out this Sunday and maybe I will post a few pics later that night. In the meantime, there are some very nice pictures if you click HERE (http://www.modernhiker.com/2009/04/04/hiking-charmlee-wilderness-park/). I know people who have done this hike and they rave about it. The views are supposed to be pretty wonderful.
Known Dangers: If the weather is warm, then we may encounter a snack-searching snake, though it is unlikely this time of year. Ticks may also be possible if we brush up against tall grass or bushes, but again I think this is not the time of year for them. Just to be safe, it is recommended to wear long pants and take turns mutually checking with another person. Finally, a friend of mine who has hiked here said he actually saw a mountain lion in the distance. If all this sounds frightening, it is really no different than any other hike around here where all those dangers exist. Please read the disclaimer below.
As indicated above, there is a parking fee and apparently they use self-service envelopes in the parking area. The park is open until sunset, which on this day is scheduled for 5:18 pm, so we should be good.
Disclaimer / Release of Liability:
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