The panoramic views from Malibu to Palos Verdes that await us at the top are as blue as far as the eyes can see.But don’t think this trek to Parker Mesa is a walk in the park. We’ll start out with a steep climb up the canyon via a sometimes-shaded single track trail, connecting to a fire road that offers up our first glimpse of the ocean. We’ll stay on the fire road the rest of the way, with the ooh-and-ahh views continuing to the overlook at the top. We’ll play musical chairs for places on the few benches there (singing “Blue Moon” of course) and take a break for our brunch-with-a-billion-dollar views, before returning back the way we came.STATSLevel: ModerateGain: ~ 1,300Distance:~ 7 milesTime: ~ 3-1/2-to-4 hoursType: Single track and fire road, out and backDogs: Not permittedWater: Not available at trailheadRestrooms: Available at trailheadParking: Free, but limited, street parking (do not park in church lot). There are a few lots closer to Sunset if no more street parking is available near the trailhead. Carpool if possible.Bring: At least 2 liters of water, sunscreen, hat, snacks to shareDIRECTIONSThe closest address to the trailhead is ~ 580 Los Liones Drive, Pacific Palisades 90272From the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH 1) turn onto Sunset Blvd. After about 0.3 miles, turn left on Los Liones Drive. Drive about .6 miles back to the end of the street (across from the church) and look for street parking.From the 405, exit Sunset and continue West about 8.4 miles to Los Liones and turn right.
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