Past Meetup

Solstice Canyon

Hosted by So Cal Happy Hour Backpacking

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Solstice Canyon

26101 Pacific Coast Hwy Turn North here at 76 station · Malibu, CA

How to find us

Look for a burgandy SUV with Meetup logo on rear window. (Meetup logo on backpack, also)

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As you enter the road leading to the Solstice Canyon parking lot, there is a small parking lot on your right - DO NOT PARK HERE unless the lot at the end of the road is full.

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 on the Sostomo Trail. The hike total should be about 4.5 miles.The segment after the waterfall that usually involves scaling some rocks and a couple of slightly difficult passages is now closed, so we will be remaining on the designated trails. The Sostomo Trail crosses the stream twice - we may extend the hike beyond the second crossing

This hike is also posted on Early Bird 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. 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 - 26101 PCH) - Solstice Canyon Rd is a left turn right in the middle of a horseshoe curve. Follow Solstice Canyon Rd. to the end. Adventure Pass is not required. There is a no fee for parking, but space is limited. I encourage carpooling. I have some carpool space from Altadena (6:30), Glendale (6:40) and the Universal City Red Line station parking lot (7:00AM) - 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 8:00AM. 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. ( 25653 Pacific Coast Hwy Malibu, CA 90265 Malibu Seafood does not serve alcoholic beverages, but you may bring your own.

WHAT TO BRING: Comfortable hiking shoes, water, a light jacket or other "layer" as it may be fairly chilly in the morning, something to snack on for an energy boost about midway and an appetite for Malibu Seafood afterward.

The Organizer, Assistant Organizers and event hosts in this group are not professional guides. The function of the organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/meetup/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests. By signing up for a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging. that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizer, Assistant Organizers and event hosts of this Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities