Yesterday we went on an easy hike of 4 miles roundtrip with only an elevation gain of 800 ft at Solstice Canyon in Malibu. There are multiple trails in this canyon. We went on Rising Sun Trail, a less traveled route that starts off steep most of the way.
Along the way, we caught a glimpse of the ocean and houses of Malibu residents. Most of the trail was exposed to the sun and Nick made the mistake of not grabbing his hat in the car. Although it was towards the end of the day, it was still warm, especially above the canyon.
When we reached the bottom of the canyon, we explored the remnants of the Roberts Ranch House (aka Tropical Terrace House) that was burned down. All that was left were a couple of fireplaces and the remains of a kitchen. Behind the ruins was a small waterfall, but unfortunately for us it was dry when we saw it.
After this, we looped back on Solstice Canyon Trail and ended our short hike. It was a nice little hike, but a little overrated in my opinion. The hike had some nice views and the geology was interesting, but it wasn’t challenging enough for us; we did it all in an hour and the end was more of a stroll. Nevertheless, it was better than doing nothing and it’s always nice to be outdoors in the sun.