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Waterfall, creek and architectural ruins. Solstice Canyon is a short hike offering sights over Santa Monica Mountains, and Malibu’s history.
– Distance: 2,2 miles out and back (3,2 miles for the loop)
– Difficulty: Easy
– Time: 1:00
The trail starts just after the Solstice Canyon entrance sign. The first half mile is flat, large and paved.
After a mile, engage on the bridge on the right to reach Keller ruins [you can’t enter the property, it is protected and monitored by cameras].
Back in 1901, Henry Keller built a wooden hunting cabin. Two years later, he erected a one-room stone lodge when fires destroyed the original structure. Unfortunately, the Corral Fire of 2007 destroyed it too.
Continue the main shady trail until the next ruins, Fred Roberts’ home, the Tropical Terrace.
In 1952, Fred Roberts, a California grocery chain entrepreneur [Roberts Public Market], and his wife Florence hired architect Paul Revere Williams to build a home in Solstice Canyon. The stone residence included different safety system to prevent fires like resistant material and water pools. In 1982, a fire devasted the Roberts dream home.
A few yards East from the Roberts’ home, climb a few steps to get at the 30-foot waterfall.
It is a small waterfall, and the running water will be more abundant after rainy days.
Finally, I went back to using the same path. For a loop and view over the Pacific, continue via the Rising Sun Trail.
Article based on my hike in July 2019.
COVID-19 update as of June 2021
- Please wear a mask and practice a physical distance of 6 feet between yourself and others
- Please check L.A County’s health and safety protocols before your walk
Ready to hike Solstice Canyon?
Address: 3998 Solstice Canyon Rd, Malibu, CA 90265
- Park open from sunset to sundown
- Parking: Free limited parking on-site
- Grab water, hiking or tennis shoes, and sun cream.
- Water station and restroom at the entrance
- More information https://www.nps.gov/samo/planyourvisit/solsticecanyon.htm
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