Hiking in Malibu: Parker Mesa Overlook

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Malibu, CA is well known for many things. Beautiful beaches, sexy surfers and of course, Gigi Hadid. One thing I love about Malibu is the hiking trails they have to offer! Yes, so what that makes me sound a little basic, at least I’m burning calories right?

You can hike through Topanga Canyon, Solstice Canyon, Zuma Canyon, etc. But my personal favorite is hiking from the Los Liones entrance, through Topanga Canyon, and up to Parker Mesa Overlook. Fair warning, the hike is almost 8 miles long round-trip and it took us close to 3 hours to complete. Alright, now that I have officially scared you with numbers, let’s talk logistics.

GET THERE EARLY. 

I cannot stress this enough! Parking is relatively easy (PRAISE JESUS) but this hike is becoming increasingly popular over the years and you really don’t want to be parking so far away that walking from your car to the trailhead constitutes as a hike on its own. There are 2 small parking lots along Los Liones but they filled up quicker than I can eat a donut. (You’ll just have to trust me on that one) You can also park along the road since the street signs only specify No Parking from 11 PM – 5 AM.

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The Address for the Trailhead is

566 Los Liones Dr.

Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

It’s really simple if you’re coming from PCH! Just take a turn onto Sunset Blvd, another turn on to Los Liones Dr. and you’ll find the trailhead up ahead.

ESSENTIALS. 

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Water, snacks, and sunscreen. This hike is no walk in the park so be sure to have enough water with you. If you come on a hot day, you might even want to bring 2. Trust me, it sucks to carry things when you work out (I’m 100% the girl that asks if you can hold something for a second and then never asks for it back because I don’t like holding things), but once you start those uphill climbs, you’re going to want as much water as you can. Snacks are encouraged as well. If you’re like me and get hungry pretty much every hour of the day, you’re going to want to have something to grub on while you’re hiking. Lastly, for all you people that get sunburned really easily, make sure to put on sunscreen. And with that I would like to take this moment to formally apologize to my roommate who got sunburned after I forced her to go on this hike with me.

THE JOURNEY.

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Photo Courtesy of hikespeak.com

This hike blows Runyon Canyon up in Hollywood out of the water. (Although I did run into Justin Bieber there once and almost passed out from hyperventilating but I’ll save that story for another time) You start by walking through some shaded meadows as you slowly make your way up to the first bench. This is not the end. I REPEAT. This is not the end! In fact, this is only about a quarter of the hike. When I brought my friends here, I told them we were almost there after that first bench, and for the rest of the uphill hike, they never stopped calling me a “liar” but I think prefer the term, “great motivator.”

THE DESTINATION.

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Feelin’ like a boss

Once you finally get to Parker Mesa Overlook, be prepared for a breathtaking view. California is known for being a beautiful state and this view of the Pacific Coast is the perfect definition. I would recommend sitting on one of the benches or even on one of the rocks on the floor and just closing your eyes for a second. Take a breather. We are constantly bombarded with stress-inducing distractions so really take this time to unplug from the world. Once you’re ready, the hike back to the parking lot is a downhill breeze.

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In the ‘bu with boo

Well there you have it! The perfect Malibu hiking destination. Be sure to check out this place if you are in Malibu for a day or if you are just looking for a fitness challenge. Be sure to reward yourself with a big cupcake after this because you deserve it after a hike like this. Now I know I mentioned that this is a great place to be unplugged, but don’t forget to take pictures and snapchats! Because really, if you don’t snapchat with a geotag, did it really happen?

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Sources:

http://alltrails.com/trail/us/california/parker-mesa-overlook

http://www.hikespeak.com/trails/parker-mesa-overlook-in-the-santa-monica-mountains/

 

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