Please be advised, while the 2.4 mile R/T (mentioned in the description below) is certainly an option, we will be taking the Rising Sun Trail to the Robert's House, then continuing upstream for about a mile of rock hopping, bouldering and bush whacking. The hike total should be about 4.5 miles. The segment after the waterfall involves scaling some rocks and a couple of slightly difficult passages. Anyone wanting to avoid this can take the Sostomo Trail around this area and we will meet where it crosses the stream again to continue upstream - again there is an option to follow the stream or take the Sostomo trail to the next crossing. Maps are available - I will have some copies with me and will give instructions to anyone choosing one of the available options.
This hike is also posted on Earlybird Hiking. If you are a member of both Meetup Groups, please RSVP on only one.
The Hike: Solstice Canyon—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 main trail, called The Solstice Canyon Trail, is an easy 1.2-mile hike (2.4 miles roundtrip) to the ruins of the Fred and Florence Roberts homestead, designed by the renowned African-American architect Paul Williams. Just above the ruins is a waterfall and a small pool. From here we will rock hop up the stream past the first crossing of the Sostomo trail continuing on to the second crossing of the Sostomo Trail where we will break for a snack before returning to the Roberts' Road via the Sostomo Trail. As we make our way through the trail, you'll see not only lush valleys, various plants, and lots of skittish lizards, but you'll also view the after effect of the Corral Canyon (Malibu) fire of 2008 and how the mountainside is recovering from the blaze(s).
DIRECTIONS: Drive North on PCH (Highway 1) past Pepperdine in Malibu. (If you are coming from the San Fernando Valley - take Las Virgenes Rd. all the way to PCH and turn right) - drive past Malibu Seafood and turn right at the next traffic signal (Corral Canyon Rd at the Union 76 station) - Solstice Canyon Rd is a left turn right in the middle of a horseshoe curve. Follow Solstice Canyon Rd. to the end. There is a no fee for parking, but space is limited. I encourage carpooling. I have some carpool space from Altadena, Glendale and the Universal City Red Line station parking lot - please e-mail me for details if you are interested.
Out of consideration for your fellow hikers, please allow enough time to arrive and be ready to hike at 8:30AM. Sorry for the early start time, but the parking lot fills quickly and the next parking option adds a considerable jaunt. There are restrooms near the parking lot. We usually take a short snack break about midway, but the real treat is stopping at Malibu Seafood on the return trip. www.malibuseafood.com (http://www.malibuseafood.com/) 25653 Pacific Coast Hwy Malibu, CA 90265
WHAT TO BRING: Comfortable hiking shoes, ample water, sun screen, something to snack on for an energy boost about midway and an appetite for Malibu Seafood afterward.
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