We went when it was a bit cloudy so can't speak to views, but the trail itself was overgrown with lots of bees. I wouldn't come back unless I heard they really cleaned up and cut back the trail.

I've hiked this and other trails in Charmlee Wilderness Park over 50 times, and I never tire of it. Great payoff of the ocean view looking towards Point Dume. This is not a challenging hike unless you are an absolute beginner. If you live here and want to take a visitor for a hike with an Ocean view, this would be a great pick.

If you want the hike to be more challenging, there are several additional trails in Charmlee that branch off from this one, and include more hills.

Great in the early morning before the marine layer burns off!

Distance ocean views ..... not much shade

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful wildflowers and fields, awesome ocean views, easy hiking, lots of trails to pick from

Easy place to find. Not far from the Pacific Coast Highway. It has a small parking area, but I have read the park never gets very busy. It's $4.00 to park. Money is deposited in an "iron ranger". A small paper stub from the payment envelope goes on your dashboard to signify you paid.

As someone else noted, this place is sort of a "build your own hike" kind of park. Some of the various legs of the trails aren't marked, but the park is small and it would be difficult to get lost. The trails are, for the most part easy to navigate and the terrain is easy to handle, I bet even for children. The elevation changes are very subtle across most of the trails. The most difficult parts are on the edges of the park. Some of the lesser used trails on the edges are a tad overgrown. You will want to be careful here as you may not be able to see where you are placing your feet. But if you are an experienced hiker, this place will play out like a fun little nature walk. To me, that was the "Charm" of Charmlee.

There is a lush open field in the middle of the park with a lot of wildflowers. Heads up for the squeamish, there was also a lot of small lizards in this area and I observed two non-venomous snakes. On the east side of the loop there are small trees. I seen a few birds here and more lizards. Very cool as I love critters. There is a brilliant overlook near "the reservoir". On clear day, you will be able to see itsy bitsy Santa Barbara Island or even San Nicolas Island, though it will be very low on the horizon. Look close.

3 stars. Very short. Overgrown areas. Limited parking. Sometimes trail markings are a bit lacking. BUT, it is child and pet friendly. Perfect difficulty for beginner hiking. And if its too easy, you just turn up the pace. Excellent views. Plentiful wildlife. Easy access!

hiking
3 months ago

Easy stroll with some pretty views. You get fields of grass and, as the name suggests, glances of the ocean. The suggested trail on this site doesn't exactly exist anymore - we tried to follow but lots of sections were just too overgrown. There are however a lot of intersecting trails in this area. Would suggest just picking what you like and going from there.

hiking
4 months ago

Visited this trail on Memorial Day with the wife and two small dogs.

It is easy to find, and there's a $4 parking charge.

The route isn't entirely intuitive, I round myself continually checking AllTrails. It's also very overgrown in some spots which is tough on small dogs.

Amazing views though, and the wild mint is everywhere so enjoy all the sights and smells!