Elevation Gain: 2003
Rating: Moderate 6/10 Loop
Very little to no shade.
Malibu Seafood post hike lunch for those wishing to join us. BYOB!
A place where nature greets you with the sights and sounds of a babbling brook set amidst towering alder and sycamore trees. Green leaves surround you like a giant cocoon, even in hot, dry summers, filling you with a sense of peace and solitude. The solitude, serenity, and abundant natural resources have attracted people to Solstice Canyon for centuries.
The Chumash historically used the land for food, water and shelter. Ranchers grazed cattle in the area for many years. Around 1865, Matthew Keller built a stone cottage, which is still visible from Solstice Canyon Trail. The cottage is believed to be the oldest existing stone building in Malibu. Another home was built on the property in 1952. Renowned African-American architect Paul Williams designed the house for property owners 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. Today, you can see a small part of the past in the horseshoes and colorful pieces of glass glittering in the walkways at Tropical Terrace, near the building’s foundations.
Additionally, Solstice Canyon was an important site of early pioneering space research. Technology laboratories, Inc., a subsidiary of Thompson-Ramo-Wooldridge (TRW), rented 10 acres from the Roberts Family from[masked]. The site was used to test satellite equipment for space missions, including the Pioneer 12.
Solstice Canyon was one of only three places in the world chosen to conduct such tests, due to the lack of man-made or natural disturbances. At the TRW overlook you can see the foundations of the TRW buildings, all that remain after the Corral Fire.
Today, Solstice Canyon still serves as a haven from city life. The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy first opened Solstice Canyon as a public park in 1988. It is now managed by the National Park Service.
Trail Map & Park Brochure (http://www.nps.gov/samo/planyourvisit/upload/SolsticeCanyon-8-09.pdf)
Check the Weather (http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Malibu&state=CA&site=LOX&textField1=34.005&textField2=-118.809&e=1)
Directions: The entrance is located at the intersection of Corral Canyon Road and Solstice Canyon Road in Malibu, CA, 90265. Corral Canyon is off of PCH between Malibu Canyon (Las Virgenes) and Kanan. Drive inland on Corral Canyon approximately .2 miles and you'll see the park entrance on your left. Parking is free and sometimes they don't unlock the gate until 8.
PLEASE - Know your limits and abilities. Bring snacks and drink plenty of liquids when hiking. Check weather conditions and dress accordingly and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Watching out for poison oak, snakes, ticks, uneven footing, spectacular views, beautiful fauna all while interacting with awesome (usually) fellow hikers can be extremely hazardous, rewarding and fun.
I am a volunteer (i.e. not liable for the group). Safety is a priority for everyone in the group. Think of this as hiking with a group of friends.
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Responsibility: I am not responsible for you. You are responsible for you. You should be self-sufficient and be able to find your way to safety in the event you find yourself on your own. I will not lead you back to the trailhead if you decide to turn back.
Disclaimer: The organizer and assistant organizers take no responsibility and will not be held responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur during this hiking event. Hiking can be inherently dangerous and accidents will happen. By participating in this hike posted on this meetup web page you are taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being.