Solstice Canyon Park: Solstice Canyon Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"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."