I love hiking during the winter because the temperatures are so mild. Recently we had a perfect hiking day; Los Angeles was a cool day because we were between rainstorms. My wife and I took advantage of lull between rains and headed off to Solstice Canyon Trail up in Malibu ( oh yes, Richard, our hiking buddy came along with us too). We’ve often heard about Solstice Canyon. It got high praise on social media sites and consistently got rated as one of Malibu’s best hiking spots.
We tossed snacks and water into a backpack, gassed up the old CR-V, and headed out. The cloudy sky looked ominous so the canyon trails, normally busy, were quiet that day. Well, sort of quiet.
To our surprise, when we got a short distance down the trail we ran into a flock of noisy green parrots. We found their roisterous squawking and flitting around amusing. Since parrots aren’t a native specie I wondered, out loud, how they came to inhabit Solstice Canyon. (By the way, I’ve seen similar flocks of feral parrots around the LA County Court building in downtown Los Angeles, and heard that the flock migrated from Temple City, or maybe Alhambra, or maybe somewhere else in San Gabriel Valley- depending on who’s telling the story). Anyway, so the story goes (and our hiking buddy swore this was true), years ago- somewhere in San Gabriel Valley, a pet shop caught fire. When owner of the shop realized his building was about to be totally destroyed freed the parrots so they wouldn’t perish in the flames. Naturally we assumed that these birds were descendants of those freed parrots. The birds didn’t tag along with us. They pretty much stayed where they were, high in the trees along the creek- and squawked.
Anyway, what was nice about Solstice Canyon was that there were several trails to choose from, depending on your ambition or level of hiking skills. We took the easy-peasy trail, a broad path that followed a creek up to the waterfalls behind the ruins of the old Robert’s Ranch. We encountered hikers who walked the TRW Loop Trail (a medium hike). It was a path that went uphill to a viewing point then looped back to the parking lot. The loop was less that a mile and the hikers told us they had a nice view from the loop.
When we left the falls we opted to follow the Rising Sun Trail. This was a more strenuous walk since it rose up the canyon’s side (maybe a hundred feet or so) and followed the ridge back to the trail-head. From the height of the Rising Sun Trail we got a sweeping view of the canyons and ocean. Even on an overcast day the ocean commanded our attention.
If you’re interested in a pleasant hike look into the Solstice Canyon Trail. Go to the National Park Service’s website at www.nps.gov. Important information such as hours of operations, parking, and directions can be found here. All three of us agreed that this hike was very pleasant and was, without a doubt, one of the best in Malibu. If you go, check out the parrots too. They’re noisy and a lot of fun.
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