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Solstice Exploratory & Fresh Seafood Lunch (byob)

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Ready for some real trailblazing? This is an exploratory hike. No special equipment required (long pants and trekking pole recommended). Be prepared for some light to moderate bushwhacking but nothing dangerous. Experienced hikers only.

Photo courtesy of John Guy Mammoser

This loop hike is "Part B" of an exploratory hike we did last April connecting Solstice Canyon with Escondido Falls. This time we remain in the park to find an alternate route to the top of Deer Valley Loop Trail. This alternate route was revealed after the last Malibu fire. It appears to be an old road/trail

We will return via the Sostomo Trail to the waterfall and ruins and back out to the cars along the canyon trail. See Map (

Let's take advantage of a gorgeous day in Malibu and hike Solstice Canyon with lunch by the beach!

Solstice Canyon is the quintessential coastal canyon. The year-round stream provides ample water to support this 550-acre park's numerous plant communities and a diverse wildlife population.There is a 30 ft water fall and some ruins that are fun to explore.

But to get there we are going to do some trailblazing!

Spectacular ocean views:

Total distance is about 6 miles. The first mile will be the toughest and strenuous with a 1,000 ft gain. If there is any bushwhacking it will be along this segment. After that its practically all downhill on the usual well-established trails.

Bring at least one quart water, sunscreen, hat, snacks. Hiking boots.

We'll do lunch down the street at the Malibu Seafood Cafe ( on PCH after the hike. Ok to bring your own beverage - wine, beer, soda....keep a cooler in your car with your favorite potables

Directions: From PCH, turn inland on Corral Canyon Rd. and proceed north for about 0.2 mile until you arrive at the entrance to the Solstice Canyon Park. Proceed along Solstice Canyon Rd for about 0.5 mile until you arrive at the second parking area. Corral Canyon Rd is between Malibu Canyon and Kanan-Dume Rd.

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