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June 29, 2008

Solstice Canyon in Malibu

Today I decided to go hiking. There is a trail I had heard was excellent nearby, but that had been closed due to fires since November. It finally opened June 20th, and it was awesome. I love a lot of the hiking in the Santa Monica mountains, and Solstice Canyon is among one of my favorites.

Click on for some cool pictures (which would be cooler but I only had my iphone to take pictures)

There is a ruin (actually there are a lot of ruins, which makes the hike really fun and mysterious) of a very large Malibu estate which burned in 1982. One thing that's sad is it looks like it burned more because I found this picture of the same room from 2006.

Adding to the strange mysteriousness of the whole hike, there is a Mary shrine tucked away in one of the valleys.

You had to work for it, because the ascent was really quick and difficult, but once you reached the top of the mountain the view was incredible. You can't quite tell here, but that's the ocean in the distance.

Another example of the beautiful views. The breeze at the top was so cool and refreshing, and there were hawks flying all around and I thought... wow I'm really here right now, this is for real.

More ruins, this one of a stone bowl on the top of a stone pedestal. I love the leaf design in the side of it.

There was this great 30 foot tall waterfall. And then you could climb up it and there was an awesome pool at the top with another waterfall, and then you could climb up that one and... another pool, and another waterfall, on and on until I was sweaty and exhausted and exhilarated and I had found a really deep pool that I vowed to come back to and swim when I had a mask and snorkel. This part was seriously like my dream hike: fairly challenging (but not impossible) climbs, waterfalls, pools (with newts in them!), caves... it was amazing to see. I finally had to turn around just because I didn't want to run out of daylight. And it's a good thing I did turn back, because I didn't realize just how hard the hike back to the parking lot was (the ascent I mentioned previously)... and I had already pushed myself with the waterfall climbing.

I don't think this windmill has generated any electricity in a very long time.

You know when your socks look like this you've had a great hike and an awesome time.

Posted by jason on June 29, 2008 12:08 AM


For some reason the hair on your legs made me immediately think of the pirates of the carribean ride...

Sounds like an awesome hike, though!

Glad you aren't a mannequin pirate...

Posted by: Jessica on June 29, 2008 05:15 AM

Those are some pretty cool pics for an iphone, Jason! God does awesome work, though!

Posted by: KathieK on June 29, 2008 12:59 PM

I really love your pictures. How hard was the hike? Is it something I could do? I know I would love it if I was able to do it.

Posted by: Mom on June 29, 2008 08:11 PM

I really love your pictures. How hard was the hike? Is it something I could do? I know I would love it if I was able to do it.

Posted by: Mom on June 29, 2008 08:11 PM

SO cool. I am buying a new pair of hiking boots and a ticket to LA tomorrow!

Posted by: Chris on June 29, 2008 10:36 PM

mom, you could definitely make the hike. it's hard work, but you could also just make it easier by turning around at one point instead of making it the loop (although you could do the ascent too.)

now climbing up the waterfall, that would take some work. But it's quite the adventure.

Chris. I'm going to hold you to that!

Posted by: jason on June 30, 2008 03:51 AM

makes me jealous!

Posted by: christian on July 6, 2008 08:51 PM

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