Distance: 8> miles Elevation Gain: 1,500? feet. Rating: Moderate 6/10 Out and Back, with a couple inner loops. Very little to no shade.
For sure the area/trail is different from the last hike
Lunch after at Malibu Seafood? A place where nature greets you with the sights and sounds of a babbling brook set amidst towering alder and sycamore trees. Green leaves surround you like a giant cocoon, even in hot, dry summers, filling you with a sense of peace and solitude. The solitude, serenity, and abundant natural resources have attracted people to Solstice Canyon for centuries. The Chumash historically used the land for food, water and shelter. Ranchers grazed cattle in the area for many years. Around 1865, Matthew Keller built a stone cottage, which is still visible from Solstice Canyon Trail. The cottage is believed to be the oldest existing stone building in Malibu. Another home was built on the property in 1952. Renowned African-American architect Paul Williams designed the house for property owners Fred and Florence Roberts. The house was later featured in an issue of Architectural Digest for its stunning blend of natural features within the design, including waterfalls, creeks and trees. Today, you can see a small part of the past in the horseshoes and colorful pieces of glass glittering in the walkways at Tropical Terrace, near the building’s foundations. Trail Map & Park Brochure (http://www.nps.gov/samo/planyourvisit/upload/SolsticeCanyon%206-09.pdf)Check the Weather (http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/hdfForecast?query=90265&searchType=WEATHER)
The entrance is located at the intersection of Corral Canyon Road and Solstice Canyon Road in Malibu, CA, 90265. Corral Canyon is off of PCH between Malibu Canyon (Las Virgenes) and Kanan. Drive inland on Corral Canyon approximately .2 miles to free parking at the park entrance. PLEASE – Know your limits and abilities. For Safety: Carry plenty of water and drink it! Wear proper footwear, bring snacks, sunscreen, hat and be aware of weather conditions. Know your limits and if you’re having problems or decide not to finish a hike please let someone know.
VHC HIKE RATING SCALE
Rating a hike is subjective, meaning the difficulty of a hike will be in direct relation to how often you hike and the type of hike you prefer. Keep in mind that any hike can have the following: un-even hiking surfaces, various obstructions, water and/or water crossings or bouldering and/or rock hopping. A great hike will have all of these!
2 – A longer walk
3 – 3 mile hike w/little elevation gain
4 – 5+ mile hike w/500 ft. elevation gain (heart rate increases at times)
5 – 5+ mile hike w/1000 ft. elevation gain (heart rate increasing even more at times)
6 – 7+ mile hike w/1000 ft. elevation gain
7 – 7+ mile hike w/1500 ft. elevation gain (at times you might be trying to remember how to do CPR)
8 – 5+ mile hike w/2000 ft. elevation gain (a great feeling of accomplishment when done)
9 – use your imagination
10 – I don’t lead or do these. DISCLAIMER / RELEASE OF LIABILITY IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ BELOW IN ITS ENTIRETY: I am a volunteer (i.e. not liable for the group). Safety is a priority for everyone in the group. Think of this as hiking with a group of friends. Outdoor sports and other events we plan can be inherently dangerous and accidents may happen. By participating in any posted event, you’re taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. The Valencia Hiking Crew Meetup Group and it’s organizers are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions. If you choose to sign up for any Valencia Hiking Crew Meetup events, you are releasing the Valencia Hiking Crew Meetup Group and it’s organizers from all liability in case of possible injuries. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience.