Solstice Canyon, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
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(Most pictures on this page were taken 3/5/10, toward the end of the page new July 2010 pics--canyon is still green and the falls are still flowing).
First a few interpretive signs you will see in the park
The hike to the waterfall is just over a mile (one way). Dogs are allowed (on leash). Horse back riding is also allowed (bring your own horse). The last few hundred feet of the trail to the waterfall no horses or dogs...when you get there you will see why. Habitat restoration after the fires is still underway, some interesting facts about that are presented along the way.
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Next, Solstice Canyon Creek pictures, near the parking lot (on 3/5/10)
Next we took the TRW Loop Trail through the picnic area along Solstice Canyon Creek.
This trail meets back up with Solstice Canyon Trail, you will see a bridge across the creek, cross the bridge and then follow the trail to the right just after the bridge.
A few trail pics between the TRW Loop Trail and Tropical Terrace
Notice how the trail forks in one picture below, either way the trail merges together again and takes you to the same place. You pass the Keller House ruins in this segment of the trail.
Roberts Ranch House ruins (Tropical Terrace)
The pics below give you just a glimpse, the ruins cover a much larger area than shown. Interesting, something you have to see for yourself (if you like historical ruins).
The first waterfall
Near the Roberts Ranch House ruins look for the sign to the waterfall...which will be very near the first waterfall. Follow the stone steps above the first waterfall to see the larger falls.
July 5, 2010 photos:
You should be able to pick up a printed trail map at the kiosk near the parking lot or one is available online here:
A map of the entire Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is here:
Directions and parking:
From Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu take Corral Canyon Road and turn on Solstice Canyon Road (on the left) which ends in the parking lot. No parking fees, entrance fees or day use fees!
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