# 24 WestsideDB’s 365 Things To Do on the Westside – Solstice Canyon Hike – Caution! Waterfalls are Pretty

by WestsideDB on February 24, 2011 · 0 comments

in 365 Things to do in Santa Monica,Events,Family Activities,Outdoor Fun

Occasionally I’ll take a Sunday off from hosting open houses for homes for sale in West LA and spend some time with the family and just plain old good exercise.  Today we went up to Solstice Canyon which I had just heard about a month prior from another real estate buddy.  (Are there really any real estate ‘buddies’ or just Realtors competing with one another?  I digress…)

This is a super cool hike that is mostly on paved surfaces until you get closer to the top.  There are two old homesteads that have since burned in the multiple fires that seem to run through the Santa Monica Canyon and Recreation Area on a consistent basis.  We saw some old oaks where the bark was charred beyond belief, and still had plenty of green leaves shooting off, a testament to the inherent nature within all living things to want to survive and thrive regardless of setbacks.

This is a 500 feet of elevation climb and you get to a great old ruin of a home that must have been spectacular in the day when it was abustle.  A little further up is a running waterfall that you can see in this video.  I would highly recommend this hike to anyone – it’s really that easy.  Check it out and let me know what you think.

 

Calendar of events can be found on the samo link.

 

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