Solstice Canyon Park Solstice Canyon Trail

Malibu, California 90265

Solstice Canyon Park Solstice Canyon Trail

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"Solstice Canyon Trail leads visitors along a year-round creek and introduces them to the flora and history of the Santa Monica Mountains. The path is a narrow country road—suitable for strollers and wheelchairs—which offers an easy family hike in the shade of grand old oaks and towering sycamores. Solstice Canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains is enjoyable year-round, but autumn and winter are particularly fine times to ramble through the quiet canyon. In autumn, enjoy the fall color display of the sycamores and in winter, from the park’s upper slopes, look for gray whales migrating past Point Dume. Solstice Canyon Park opened on summer solstice, 1988. The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy purchased the land from the Roberts family and transformed the 550-acre Roberts Ranch into a park. Ranch roads became foot trails. Milk thistle, castor bean and other assorted nonnative plants were almost eliminated (but since returned); picnic areas and a visitor contact station were built. Today National Park Service rangers are the stewards of Solstice Canyon."

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101 Hikes in Southern California: Exploring Mountains, Seashore and Desert (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad and David Money Harris
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"The easy-going but scenic Solstice Canyon Trail takes you through the grounds of the former Robert’s Ranch—now Solstice Canyon Park, a site administered by the National Park Service." Read more

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This trail was a very pleasant surprise. I've done the Temescal Canyon trail (which is just a little further down the road on Sunset) many, many times so I was looking for a little change of scenery. Well I got exactly what I was looking for and more. We parked just outside the park entrance to not have to to pay the $12 PARKING/Entrance fee - which I think is obscene (but that is another discussion completely). We walked in and through the horse stables and then began up the Will Rogers Trail. About a 1/2 mile up the trail is the beginning of the Backbone trail which (when completed) will traverse the entire Santa Monica mountain range). A hiker coming down recommended it to us and I am in turn, recommending it to you. Absolutely amazing! There are phenomenal views of downtown LA and the west side as well as an incredible sense of isolation when you turn your back to the city and look Westward across the mountains. The trail is truly on the backbone of the mountains and you can see shadows of ridges and hilltops all around you. We hardly saw anyone on the trail (which is rare in LA on a Saturday) and quite a bit of wildlife. You can continue on this trail all the way through Topanga and on to Point Mugu which is where it terminates. A great, great trail really close to the city.

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Malibu Creek State Park
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Dec 2018