fabulous & free - malibu creek state park

My husband and I are not exactly what you would call "outdoorsy." So when the three-day President's Day weekend came around, I was surprised that I had a hankering for being one with nature. We have hiked together once in our relationship and it was a lot more challenging than we expected. I didn't realize I would have to actually climb up rocks and whatnot! I wanted a hike with amazing scenery where the hubby and I could actually enjoy ourselves instead of feeling like we were going to pass out.

So after doing some research online, we decided to drive up to Malibu Creek State Park. So it's technically not in Los Angeles, but it's in Los Angeles County and not a far drive for anyone in the greater Los Angeles area. It was the perfect day to go on a hike. The great thing about L.A. is that we don't really have winters and so on a Sunday in February, there was not a cloud in the sky but there was still a cool breeze so we weren't uncomfortable from it being too hot. From everything I've read, fall or winter is the best time to go not only because of the heat, but also because there's not as many people.

I recommend this hike for anyone. They have different trails for all different levels of hikers. We did the 3.5 mile round trip to Rock Pool and next time we go, we want to hike even further to Century Lake. Since this Park used to be the film location for movies and TV shows, there is even a site you can hike to where they used to film M*A*S*H. This is a great location for newbie hikers like me and my husband, but there are trails more suited for more experienced hikers. It felt invigorating to breathe in the fresh mountain air and walk along the trails.

The views and scenery were amazing. There was so much beauty all around us. It was nice to get away from the city and be in nature for a few hours. Here are some amazing pictures that my husband took...all from his iPhone!

If you want this trip to be truly free, try to find parking on Mulholland Drive before you reach the entrance to the park. It costs $12 to park inside the entrance. If you do park inside, drive to the second lot in order to be closest to the start of the hiking trails. 

We had such a great time and we definitely want to go back. Even though we were being very active and getting in some great exercise, we still felt so relaxed. It was quiet, beautiful, and a lot of fun. If you are in the Los Angeles area, especially if you are a hiker or just like the outdoors, you've got to put this on your list of places to visit. 

natural beauty away from the city -- it's a beautiful thing