Past Meetup

Summer Solstice - Rising Sun Trail to Sostomo to Deer Valley Loop!

Hosted by US Hiking

Public group

This Meetup is past

16 people went


Organizer: Patrick

Location: Malibu, CA

Hike difficulty: Level 6/10

Distance: 7 miles

Elevation gain: 2,050'

Time: 3 hours

Trail condition: mostly paved road and fire road

Water: Minimum 2 liters (If you bring less than this amount, you will be in big trouble.)

Guest: Yes

Dog: No

Toilette: At trailhead

Liability Waiver: Required to RSVP. This is the link. (

Carpool: Please sign up here. (

Adventure Pass: Not required.


What to bring: hat, long pants, sunscreen, energy bar, lunch, snacks, water, hiking poles, hiking shoes and the usual stuff.

Direction: From Pacific Coast Hwy turn inland on Corral Canyon Rd. Drive 0.25 mile to park entrance on left in Malibu, CA, 90265.

GPS Coordinates: N[masked] W [masked]

Parking: Parking lot at the entrance.


Please Chip In:

US Hiking is a social group for hikers. Our events are organized like house parties. Like a regular house party, it costs money to host one. It is customary for guests to help out any way they can to lessen burden on the host. That is the same for hikes. You can bring food, provide carpool or chip in to help out.

Suggested Event Contribution: $ 6 (Chip in link) (


Trail description:

From the north end of the parking lot, there are two main trail heads leading to the canyon. We will take the Rising Sun Trail which starts on a dirt paved road and leads into a secluded and rugged staircase. You will experience a quick workout from the start.

Just a few hundred feet up the trail, and you’ll start to get some great views of the coast and a little bit of the parking lot you just crawled out of. Not the most awe-inspiring vistas, but it’s a pleasant view of the Pacific.

The Rising Sun Trail ascends the eastern edge of Solstice Canyon along a well-defined, wide trail. There are long stretches of climbing but nothing steep enough to get worried about. There is, however, very little shade on this stretch of the trail — so if it’s hot out, be prepared to sweat.

As the trail begins its descent back down into the canyon, observant hikers will notice a brick chimney peeking out from some of the greenery. More observant hikers will notice the palms and other non-native plants still thriving in the area. These are the first remnants of the “Tropical Terrace” house you’ll be able to see from the Rising Sun Trail.


Venue Overview:

Located in Malibu, this site has one of the only year-round waterfalls in the mountains. Full of history dating back to the early 20th century, visitors can take an easy hike for a couple of miles, or a strenuous hike over six miles. Proximity to the beach makes this an extremely popular destination on weekends. With limited parking, carpooling is strongly encouraged.

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. the stone house survived many wildfires but was finally destroyed in the 2007 Corral Fire. The stone walls are still visible across the stream as you walk down Solstice Canyon Trail.

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.


We will meet at Malibu Seafood Cafe at 11:00 am and have the most spectacular seafood in town. The address is 25653 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265.


Our Mission:

To lift people up through hiking.

Our Policy:

We're volunteers: Your hike leaders receive no monetary nor in-kind compensation of any kind for organizing this event or any other event.

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If you have prior medical condition or a family history of illnesses pertaining to heart, lungs, brain, etc. that can be aggravated by heat and physical exertion, this is not the hike for you.

If you have never done a hike of this distance or difficulty before, this hike will be very difficult for you. It may well be your death march. The mountain is not going anywhere. We will schedule this event again in the future. Do it when your mind and body are ready.

Hiking is a recreation, not a suicide mission.

Release of Liability:

The organizer (me) of this trip is a volunteer and is not a professional guide. The function of the organizer is only to organize this trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/hike/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests.

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