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Solstice Canyon Hike and Lunch at Malibu Fish Market

Time at Gelson's for Carpooling: 9:30 am (see below)

Time at Trailhead: 10:30 am (see below)
Distance: 6 miles
Elevation: 600 foot gain
Hike Time: 4 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

This one of the greener canyons in the Santa Monica Mountains. There’s a creek, Sycamore and Oak trees, views of the ocean, waterfalls, swimming pools, history, and dogs allowed on leash to make this a perfect hike for the second day of summer.

We will start the hike by taking the main trail past the oldest home in the Santa Monica Mountains, the Matthew Keller House- 1865 to the remains of the Roberts’ house-1952. In 1982, in another fire, the Roberts home burned but some walls, foundations, fireplaces, can still be seen. The Roberts lived in a mid-century modern home which was featured in home and decorating magazines at the time. It must have been a Shangri-la existence for the residents. Just above the home are some small waterfalls and pools. We will take time to explore, relax, visit, and to imagine the home and family life of the Roberts. They named their home and gardens Tropical Terrace. Next, we will make a 600ft assent to the Trail which follows the canyon below for great views of the Pacific.
After the hike please join us, at your own expense, for a late lunch at Malibu Fish Market set just above the Pacific Ocean on PCH. We will eat on picnic tables outside. The restaurant is close to Solstice Canyon.

Directions: Take PCH 3.5 miles west of Malibu Canyon Road, Pepperdine University, and make a right on to Corral Canyon Road at the Union 76 gas station. Proceed only 0.2 of a mile and make the first left. Go end parking lot and this is where we will meet. Parking is free but limited. If there is no space available then try parking near the gas station or on PCH.

An option might be to take bus #534 from mid-city LA.
Carpooling: We will also meet at the Gelson's supermarket in West Hollywood for carpooling at 9:00 am. Meet at the north door of the Gelson's supermarket in West Hollywood, corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and Kings Rd.

Difficulty of Hike: We will go at a moderate pace and take time to enjoy the views, and being in nature. Moderate, 6 miles round trip but there is a 600ft ascent (depending on the side trail and group).

What to Bring: Good hiking boots/shoes. A hiking/trekking pole may be useful for the occasional step ascent/descent on the trail, but not necessary. Pack a lunch, snacks and bring plenty of water. Bring a hat/cap and sunscreen.

Contact: For information before or on the morning of the hike, contact John or Russell



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