Located in Malibu, this site has one of the only year-round waterfalls in the mountains. Full of history dating back to the early 20th century, visitors can take an easy hike for a couple of miles, or a strenuous hike over six miles.
Solstice Canyon offers an easy no-fuss walk alongside a flowing creek in a wide canyon. The big attraction on this 2.6-mile round trip hike is a small waterfall next to interesting ruins!
The Roberts Mansion in the mountains was a decades-long project that began in the 1930s, when Fred slowly began to purchase land in the area. He eventually accumulated 556 acres for the site of his and Florence’s retirement home. In 1952, the couple commissioned architect Paul Williams to design the house, which they named “Tropical Terrace.”
But the Roberts weren’t the first to settle in the area now popular with hikers. The location’s proximity to easily-accessible water and shelter has made it the perfect place to settle for many throughout Solstice Canyon’s history.
PHOTO: Keller House built in 1865
The Keller family built a stone-walled hunting lodge there in 1865, and the structure – visible today from the hiking trail – still stands, though the 2007 Corral fire destroyed most of it.
In fact, the Keller home is what drew the Roberts to Malibu when they picnicked near the site in Solstice Canyon. And about a thousand years before the Kellers, the Chumash Indians lived on the lands, using their canoes for fishing and traveling to other villages along the coastline.
PHOTO: Remnants of the beautiful oasis
The Roberts’ Tropical Terrace was “built of stone, brick, and wood (and) was a perfect architectural fit for the home-site of waterfalls, springs and lush vegetation,” according to the Paul Revere Williams Project!
PHOTOS: Solstice Canyon surrounded by man made and natural beauty!
ADDRESS: Corral Canyon Rd & Solstice Canyon Rd, Malibu, California.