Charmlee Wilderness Park
This 400-plus acre park has many short trails laid out in a kind of grid pattern. Most of the hiking I did was done through grassy meadows and there are numerous small and interesting spots along the way. It was not crowded but, because there isn’t a lot of cover on the trails that loop around the outside of the park, it didn’t really feel all that secluded either. Still, a good hike.
Parking is about a half mile off Encinal Canyon Road. The entrance of the park has a nature center and some displays of native plants. I began hiking on a paved road up toward the water tower shown in photo 4.
Flowers in bloom
I visited the remains of a cabin in the center of the park. There wasn’t much left. Photo 3 shows where the front stairs once stood. Photo 4 shows a piece of cement I found off to the side. The inscription is difficult to make out – a name and a date. If I am reading it correctly, the date is 4-19-53 – one day shy of 59 years ago exactly, and now there is nothing left. Kind of sad.
Views from the ranch ruins
Photo 1 – There were several of these birdhouses on the trails – made for migrating bluebirds, as the sign on the side stated. Photo 2 – Another curiosity with great views was the concrete Old Reservoir, now dry and partially filled in with dirt and plants. This was used to water cattle many years ago. Photo 3 – View from the Old Reservoir.
Point Dume on zoom
There is one final overlook near the parking lot, and so, one last shot.