Solstice Canyon hike/ruins & wander around Lake Shrine

Located in Malibu, this hike has one of the only year-round waterfalls in the Santa Monica Mountains. The hike will be approximately 3 miles (round trip) and include two ruins and a waterfall.

Around 1865, Matthew Keller built a stone cottage, which is still visible from Solstice Canyon Trail (as a ruin). The cottage is believed to be the oldest existing stone building in Malibu. In 1954, renowned African-American architect Paul Williams designed a house in the canyon for Fred and Florence Roberts. The house was later featured in an issue of Architectural Digest for its stunning blend of natural features within the design, including waterfalls, creeks and trees. The house was destroyed by a number of fires and today you can still see parts of the home.

Description of Hike
Rising Sun Trail 1.5 miles, moderate–This trail is named after the Rising Sun Vineyard, a winery established in West Los Angeles by Matthew Keller. Consider hiking the trail as a loop in conjunction with the Solstice Canyon Trail for a variety of scenery from the canyon floor to the ridgeline. Look for a postcard-perfect view of the ocean, framed by the canyon walls at the TRW Overlook.
Solstice Canyon Trail 1 mile, easy–Stroll around the Roberts Ranch House, which burned in 1982.Walk across the creek into the ruined remains of a hidden sanctuary and garden. Imagine another time when giraffes, camels, buffalo, African deer and exotic birds roamed the Roberts' Ranch. From there stroll along the Solstice Canyon Trail to the stone walls of the Keller House, built in 1903 after a fall wildfire.

Lake Shrine - The colorful history of the Lake Shrine began over half a century ago. In the early 1920s, the then-famous Inceville motion-picture studio filmed silent movies on this site in Santa Ynez Canyon. The land was later purchased by Los Angeles real-estate magnate Alphonzo Bell, Sr.; and in 1927, the surrounding hillsides were hydrauli¬cally graded to fill the canyon and make it level for future development. However, these earthmoving activities were halted prematurely, leaving a large basin in the portion of the can¬yon that had not been leveled. This basin quickly filled with water from the many springs in the area, creating Lake Santa Ynez - the only natural spring-fed lake within the city limits of Los Angeles. The grounds have beautiful gardens in a very peaceful environment. Lake Shrine Temple is located at 17190 Sunset Blvd. Pacific Palisades.

This will be an all-day event with a stop for lunch between the two locations. Please wear comfortable hiking shoes, brings snacks, water, sunscreen and layers, much of the hike is in the shade.

Carpool: At 8:00 we'll leave from the Fullerton Park-n-Ride, where the 5, 91, Orangethorpe & Magnolia come together. I recommend carpooling, as the parking in both locations is very limited!

Non-carpool: Meet at 9:30 at the trailhead for the Rising Sun Trail (starts on paved road, a right off the main paved area). From Pacific Coast Hwy turn inland on Corral Canyon Rd. Drive 0.25 mile to park entrance on left.

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  • Connie S.

    Had some problems following the map, but eventually found it. Really nice trail and hope to make it back there again sometime.

    March 10, 2014

  • Connie S.

    Had a great time..even getting lost at the start. It was wonderful having you with us Carolyn. Next time we will make it all the way around, and go to Lake Shrine.

    We were able to run into several people from the group, which was nice.

    Thanks Angela.

    March 10, 2014

  • Carolyn C.

    Beautiful day! Wish I could have stayed for both places. Thanks Angela!

    1 · March 9, 2014

  • Joyce D.

    Never made it to the waterfall but took some great pics of the Keller ruins.

    1 · March 8, 2014

  • Darin

    Great time and fun meeting everyone! Thanks again Angela you are awesome! :)

    March 8, 2014

  • Vicki W.

    Had a great time, met wonderful new people, got a great workout and lots of photos. Thanks everyone

    1 · March 8, 2014

  • Kate

    I got lost getting at the meet up point, il try to catch up

    March 8, 2014

  • Joyce D.

    We are running late, we will try and catch up with group at Solstice. Don't wait for us. Enjoy your day!

    March 8, 2014

  • John

    I live very close to the Fullerton pick-up point, and I love the west side. So... I'd like to drive one or two people down there, just for company, but they can find another way home, because I'll stay on the west side all day. Look for me. I'll be in my black Prius and wearing glasses.

    March 8, 2014

  • Connie S.

    Looking forward to this. I won't be able to go to the Lake Shrine portion of the day, so if anyone needs a way back early I can fit 4

    February 19, 2014

    • Connie S.

      Yes, at the park n ride. I should be there before 8

      March 7, 2014

    • Carolyn C.

      Great! I have a migraine headache right now so if it gets better I will be there otherwise don't wait for me. Thanks!

      March 7, 2014

  • Kate

    I am a beginner in photography, my focus is landscape

    March 7, 2014

  • Liz C.

    If anyone is interested in carpooling from South OC, let me know!

    1 · February 21, 2014

    • Liz C.

      I'm going to have to bow out, getting sick. Enjoy!!

      March 6, 2014

    • Connie S.

      hope you feel better Liz

      March 7, 2014

  • Vicki W.

    How much are drivers getting for gas from passengers

    March 7, 2014

    • Angela W.

      Vicki - I let the drivers determine that amount. I don't think anyone has ever asked for more than an approximate of how much the gas cost, divided by the total number of people in the car.

      March 7, 2014

  • yewneeklymee

    I am assuming, as in the past, that we all show up at the carpool location and then divide up. Am I missing something here? I am assuming to get a ride from the Fullerton location!!

    March 6, 2014

    • Carolyn C.

      That's what I was thinking, but I see everyone making arrangements here and wasn't sure if there would be any room left!

      March 6, 2014

    • Angela W.

      No one needs to make separate carpool arrangements, anyone who wants to carpool can meet the group at the Park-n-Ride.

      March 6, 2014

  • Ed

    Anyone want to carpool from Fullerton?

    March 6, 2014

    • Carolyn C.

      Are you talking about from the park n ride? I am going there and hoping to get a ride.

      March 6, 2014

    • Ed

      I was thinking Fullerton transportation center if that works for anyone. I'm may only do t he hike, depending on time.

      March 6, 2014

  • Sergio

    Hi
    I live in OC (RSM) and will be driving up to the trailhead if anyone is interested in carpooling.

    1 · March 4, 2014

    • Sergio

      Hello Jasmine. Yes, there is one seat available. Feel free to call me at the # above for a meeting place and time.

      1 · March 6, 2014

    • Dolores

      hi Sergio I will call you tomorrow.

      March 6, 2014

  • Carolyn C.

    Is there going to be any room in a car from Fullerton park n ride?

    March 6, 2014

  • Vicki W.

    I live in Orange near 55 and lincoln. Would also like to carpool

    March 6, 2014

  • Dolores

    Hi I live in Aliso Viejo would like to carpool.

    March 4, 2014

  • Erin

    So sad I can't make this! Looks amazing!! I will have to go back another time!

    1 · March 4, 2014

  • Vicki W.

    Hoping i can carpool with someone

    March 4, 2014

  • Carolyn C.

    Are we meeting at any particular spot at the park n ride?

    March 2, 2014

  • Victor

    I love to take picture and hiking

    February 24, 2014

  • patrick m.

    where exatley is the fullerton park and ride. My wife and I could not find it the last outing.

    February 6, 2014

    • Angela W.

      It's on the corner of Orangethorpe & Magnolia, between Orangethorpe and the freeway

      February 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds wonderful!

    January 29, 2014

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