Solstice CanyonXerox Mountaineering & Backpacking Club

at Santa Monica Mountains Sunday, 4 February 1990

Brief: Easy, 4 mile roundtrip, 500 feet elevation gain. There is a longer option which is 6 miles, 1100 feet elevation gain. This hike is rescheduled since it was rained out on January 13.

Where: Solstice Canyon is an island of wilderness in an otherwise heavily developed area. It is private land owned by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, which is a California State agency. The Conservancy has set up a park in the canyon, with picnic grounds, hiking trails, a visitor center, and several historic buildings. Entrance is free.

What: We will be taking what is called the Sostomo Loop trail. This should be a pleasant dayhike. We will follow the stream for 2 miles, crossing it twice. The first mile or so of the hike is on a road which passes many of the sights within the park. At the second crossing we can either turn around or follow the longer option, depending on how people feel. The longer trail climbs partway up a hillside for views of the ocean and the upper part of the canyon.

When: Sunday, 2/4. Meet at 10:00 am. Count on a 45 minute drive from El Segundo (approximately 30 miles). Parking is at the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy visitor center. We’ll meet near the cars. Lunch will be at the second stream crossing. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. We should be back at the cars before 3:00. Park rules require that we be out by 5:00.

Who: This is an easy hike with some short uphill stretches. The pace will be slow so I would recommend this trip for just about everyone.

Warning: There is some Poison Oak on the sides of the trail, so be cautious if you wander off the trail. Ticks are common in this area.

Bring: Lunch, water (1 liter), sunglasses, camera, and the remainder of the 10 essentials. Boots or tennis shoes are fine. It may be cold so a warm jacket or windbreaker is recommended. There are toilets at the visitor center but after that it’s bushes.

Weather: If it looks like it’s going to be stormy or wet, we’ll cancel. If it gets too windy or cold, we’ll quit early. If you have doubts about the weather, give Bruce a call before 9 am Sunday morning.

Car Pooling: Call Bruce to make arrangements.

Topo Map: Point Dume Quadrangle, California, 7.5 minute series.

Directions: Take Pacific Coast Highway west from Malibu 2 miles past the intersection with Malibu Canyon Road (where Pepperdine University is). Make a right turn onto Corral Canyon Road. Almost immediately the road makes a sharp right turn, but continue straight through a gate to the second parking lot next to the visitor center.

Questions? Call: Bruce Corning--work: (213)333-3568 or home: (213)645-3764. e-Mail: <BCorn:LAX1B>.

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