Past Meetup

Solstice Canyon – Sostomo Trail + Tropical Terrace (Santa Monica Mountains)

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Donut Delite

1464 Madera Road · Simi Valley, CA

How to find us

We'll be parked between the Donut Delite Store and Royal Avenue

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DESCRIPTION OF HIKE: Moderate 6.3-mile lollipop loop with 1,200’ of elevation gain/loss.

This hike begins with a partially shaded walk along the one-mile dirt road in the bottom of Solstice Canyon leading toward Tropical Terrace and the nearby waterfalls. Just before reaching them we’ll hike the Sostomo Trail as it climbs steadily up the mountainside to the west to a junction with the Deer Valley Loop Trail. We’ll then hike the loop trail in a clockwise direction to an overlook of the Pacific Ocean and then return to the canyon bottom and visit well-shaded Tropical Terrace including the ruins of the Roberts house along Solstice Creek with its nearby waterfalls. After a rest/lunch break we’ll retrace our route along the Solstice Canyon Trail to the parking lot.

PREPAREDNESS: Bring 2-3 liters/quarts of water (or other suitable liquid) and lunch/snack. Wear appropriate footwear (preferably hiking boots) and be prepared for bright sunlight (sunglasses), heat (layers of clothing), and/or precipitation (rain gear). Hiking pole(s) and a camera might come in handy.

NOTE: At the beginning of each outing you will be required to read and sign a liability release form (a sign-in sheet).


Take Hwy 118 to the Madera Road exit in Simi Valley.

Head south 1.4 miles on Madera Road to its intersection with Royal Avenue (there’s a traffic light at the intersection).

Turn left (east) onto Royal Avenue and then immediately turn left into the first driveway (which leads into a strip mall) and park near the Donut Delite store.

Wait for the hiking leader(s).

DIRECTIONS TO THE TRAILHEAD (for anyone who intends to meet us at the trailhead) – NOTE: You should be in the parking lot (see below) by 8:45 a.m.

In Simi Valley, take Highway 118 west to Highway 23; take Highway 23 south to its interchange with Highway 101 in Thousand Oaks.

Take Highway 101 about 6 miles “south” (toward L.A.) to the Kanan Road exit.

Turn right (toward the ocean) on Kanan Road (the name changes to Kanan Dume Road after a few miles) and drive 12.5 miles to its junction with Hwy 1 (aka Pacific Coast Highway).

Turn left (east) on Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 1) and drive 3.6 miles to Corral Canyon Road (there’s a Union 76 station at the turnoff).

Turn left (north) on Corral Canyon Road and continue 0.2 mile to the gated entrance (which will be open) to Solstice Canyon on the left.

Turn left at the entrance to Solstice Canyon (there’s a sign) and drive 0.3 mile to the parking lot at road’s end.

Park your vehicle (there’s no parking fee) and wait for the hiking leader(s).

NOTE 1: If all of the parking spaces are full, drive back toward Pacific Coast Highway looking for a space to park before reaching PCH (and then hike back to the main parking lot).

NOTE 2: There are pit toilets in a building a short distance beyond the parking lot (along the Solstice Canyon “trail” which is actually a dirt road).


The organizer(s) or leader(s) take no responsibility and will not be held responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur during any Rancho Simi Trail Blazers Club (RSTB) hike/outing. These events can be inherently dangerous and accidents will happen.

By participating voluntarily you are taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being and acknowledge, appreciate, and in consideration for being allowed to participate in any way you further agree:

1. The risk of injury from the many of the activities is significant, including the potential for permanent paralysis and death, and while particular skills, rules, equipment, and personal discipline may reduce this risk, the risk of serious injury does exist; and

2. TO KNOWINGLY AND FREELY ASSUME ALL SUCH RISKS, both known and unknown, EVEN IF ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES or others and assume full responsibility for your participation; and

3. To willingly agree to comply with the stated and customary terms and conditions for participation. If, however, you observe any unusual significant hazard during your presence or participation, you will remove yourself from participation and bring such to the attention of the nearest official immediately; and

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Activity participant agrees that this release will apply to all known and unknown as well as unanticipated claims, injures and damages resulting from group activities, as well as those now disclosed and all rights under section 1542 of the Civil Code of California and hereby are expressly waived. Section 1542 of the Civil Code of California reads as follows:

“A general release does not extend to claims which the (participant) does not know or suspect to exist in his (or her) favor, at the time of execution of the release, which if known by him (or her) must have materially affected his (or her) (participation and agreeing to) the release.”

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