Parker Mesa Overlook Hike

Hi there! How are you? How was your weekend?

 

Andrew and I are still in training mode for our upcoming camping trip, so we made sure to fit in a couple hikes this weekend, along with an epic dance party that felt like an endurance workout.

 

Baldwin Hills Stair Hike v2

Friday morning, we did the Baldwin Hills stair hike for the second time. Only this time, we picked up our pace on the uphill climb and rather than taking the stairs up and the hill path down like last time, we took the stairs down this time, too.

Baldwin Hills Stair Hike

Turns out descending a steep set of stairs is not my strong suit, but something that will definitely come up on our hike down into Havasupai Falls, so Baldwin Hills is a good practice route.

 

Soul Slam at the Echoplex

Friday night, Andrew and I met up with our friend Aanan after dinner to check out “Soul Slam”, a Prince vs. Michael Jackson dance party series at the Echoplex in Eco Park. Yes, you read that correctly and it was everything we could have possibly hoped it would be, music and dancing-wise.

60815 soul slam

It was also packed, hot, and sweaty. I’m not exaggerating when I say the ceiling was dripping with condensation. Luckily, it didn’t bother us enough to stop the dancing. Oh man, it was a fun night… that pretty much knocked us out for the entirety of Saturday.

 

Parker Mesa Overlook Trail

By Sunday we were back up to speed, so we decided to try a new-to-us hike in Topanga Canyon, called the Parker Mesa Overlook trail.

Tippet Ranch trailhead sign

We covered about 6.4 miles of hike plus another mile of walking to and from our car because parking was a mess. The Parker Mesa trail has some of the steepest hills Andrew and I have encountered on a hike in the city thus far (and the pictures don’t do it justice).

Parker Mesa Overlook

Parker Mesa Overlook

But the view at the end, the overlook rather, was spectacular and well worth the climb.

Parker Mesa Overlook

You’re up above an entire layer of cloud cover (which is breathtaking in itself), but below the clouds you’re able to see all the way from downtown LA to the ocean.

Parker Mesa Overlook

The hike took us a little under 3 hours total. Unfortunately that meant that we missed the farmers’ market. Not to worry, we found plenty of fruit for the week elsewhere. 🙂

 

Completing two serious hikes in three days will turn your legs to jelly, so yesterday afternoon Andrew and I dropped by LA Fitness to spend some quality time in the hot tub. It felt amazing just to soak and I’m sure our bodies would be in a lot more pain today if it weren’t for that hour of relaxation. (Hour? Half hour? Two hours? Hot tub time machine, ammiright?)

 

Amy

Question: What was the highlight of your weekend?

 

Baldwin Hills Stair Hike

Hello and good morning.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend that left you feeling relaxed, refreshed, and ready for the week ahead. Andrew and I had a fun weekend that started with some happy hour drinks at Oldfields on Friday night.

Happy Hour at Oldfields

 

Saturday started off slow, but ended up being a productive day. We spent a couple hours inside a magical camping store called Adventure 16 (Outdoor and Travel Outfitters) making some final purchases for an upcoming camping trip. The store was magical in how un-REI it was.

Adventure 16

It felt like being inside a giant log cabin, and had little camping displays set up, along the lines of ones you’d see in a natural history museum. There were signs around the store warning that they’d be closing early on Sunday because the whole staff was going camping. They’re really walkin’ the walk there, if you know what I mean.

 

I also baked a cake! My first cake, in fact. A double decker.

My first double decker cake

I’ll be sharing more on this cake at a later date, but the two most important things to know about it are: 1) it was a great-tasting lemon raspberry yogurt cake, and 2) it was a hilarious Pinterest fail from an aesthetics standpoint. More to come…

 

Baldwin Hills Stair Hike

The highlight of the weekend for me was discovering the Baldwin Hills stairs. They’ve been recommended to Andrew and I on several occasions, but we’ve never been able to figure out where they are until now. (They’re not difficult to find once you actually pull up google maps.)

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

Baldwin Hills has a pretty cool scenic overlook that you can access several ways. You can drive to the top, hike along a 1.25 mile zig zag dirt path, or you can take the stairs.

Baldwin Hills Stairs

A round trip stair climb is about 2/3 of a mile, and many people do several rounds. There’s a nice open spot at the top where you can check out the view or do some body weight exercises if you feel so inclined. Andrew and I took the stairs up and the dirt path down two full times.

View of the city from Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

I’m glad we finally found the Baldwin Hills stairs. It’s certainly a popular spot; there were tons of people, but crowding wasn’t an issue on the stairs at all. There’s a gazebo that I know you can reserve near the overlook for ceremonies and events because I vaguely remember looking into it when we were planning our wedding a couple years ago.

Baldwin Hills gazebo spaace

One other nice thing about hiking Baldwin Hills is that there is a visitors’ center near the top (apparently it’s rarely open) with restrooms that are always unlocked. It’s a nice feature for those who drink a full cup of coffee right before starting the hike.

How was your weekend? What did you get up to? LA locals – have any of you ever done the Baldwin Hills stairs?

Amy