By Deb Flomberg
If you are looking for some new trails to hike, you are in luck. There are so many great spots to enjoy in southern California. Nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains is a stunning and picturesque trail with several great spots to stop and enjoy. The Solstice Canyon Trail is a favorite of many hikers and if you haven’t had the opportunity to explore this beautiful trail, then here is your chance.
Hiking the Solstice Canyon Trail can take you anywhere from one to three hours, depending on how fast you hike and how much you stop to enjoy the nature around you. It’s a moderate hike, and certainly friendly for dogs if you like to bring you pooch along for the trek with you. This picturesque trail is mostly shaded, with lots of huge trees and a well-maintained route, making it a perfect spot to spend a weekend afternoon. There is even a truly stunning waterfall along the path, so bring a camera and a picnic lunch to really enjoy the scenery.
Along the way, you’ll find a few noteworthy points of interest to check out as well. On the route you’ll find the ruins of the oldest still-standing stone building in Malibu, built around 1865 by Matthew Keller. The ruins of this building have survived many wildfires, but they still stand proudly today. You can also check out the ruins of the Tropical Terrace Mansion, which burned down in 1982. These ruins are found on the Rising Sun Trail, which descends back into the Solstice Canyon Trail near the creek and waterfall. If you are particularly adventurous, then you can take one of the different trails that spur off the main Solstice Canyon Trail, though they are less shaded and can be a bit tougher in the hotter months.
Enjoy this wonderful trail any weekend of the year, and make it a fantastic day with the whole family. Set out in your 2013 GL450 SUV from Mercedes-Benz of Encino. You will love arriving at the trail in style as you set out to spend a day hiking with your family. Plus, since you drove to the trail in this great SUV, you’ll have plenty of room for several friends, a picnic lunch and anything else you may want for your day in the warm California sun.
Deb Flomberg grew up in the mountains, developed a love for the beach and has found happiness on the open road. She is now a freelance writer, theater professional and travel enthusiast happy to be writing about the things she loves most.
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