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Solstice Canyon hike/ruins & wander around Lake Shrine

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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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