Solstice Canyon

I started early Thanksgiving morning.  I know this is a popular and easily accessible area to hike so I wanted to go on a day I figured would be less crowded.  There were still a lot of people, especially later in the day.  There are many interesting things to see – the ruins of several burned-out buildings, waterfalls and natural scenery.  I hiked every trail, backtracking and criss-crossing my way across the park.  A couple were pretty challenging.

005   I start out on Rising Sun Trail, about 6:30 a.m.

010     118   On the way up this house really stands out.  Some people refer to it as the Darth Vader House.  Photo 2 was taken later in the day from Dry Canyon Trail.

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Seems like I come across one of these every hike.  Another giant boulder looking like it’s balancing on it’s end.

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Photo 1 is a look back up the rock stairs on Rising Sun Trail.  Photo 2 looks down on the ruins of Robert’s Ranch House aka Tropical Terrace.  It must have been amazing to live there.


Waterfall at Roberts Ranch House.

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I explore the ruins.

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There are several little waterfalls.  I climbed all around this area, behind the falls and then got a little lost.  I had the whole place to myself for about 45 minutes.

177     265   Photo 1 shows some handsome fungus growing on a log.  Photo 2 shows the boulders I scrambled up looking for a little shrine.


Victim of Humans

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Going up Sostomo Trail, all that’s left of somebody’s home.

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The Sostomo Trail drops down into the canyon and then, as it rises out again, I found a third set of ruins from a tiny stone cabin.

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Close-up of the beautiful Malibu coastline

329     345   I expected to climb on Deer Valley Loop, which I did, but was surprised when I was dropped down to the bottom of the canyon once again.


Massive wall of rock

402     411     376   I thought this this mushroom was interesting.  See how it curls up and gathers debris and water.  Also, I like this tree that looks like it’s standing on two legs.  Photo 3 shows the Keller house, yet another casualty of a wildfire.

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The waterfall across from Dry Canyon Trail was just a trickle.  It runs down the crevice in the rocks.  Photo 2 shows a close-up.


Broken Windmill on TRW Trail

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At the top of a paved road is a parking lot and a couple of concrete slabs that were the foundation for some building’s belonging to TRW.  Photo 2 – The view from TRW Overlook.





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