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  1. Photograph: Victor Leung
    Photograph: Victor Leung

    Hiking trails in LA: Solstice Canyon

  2. Photograph: Victor Leung
    Photograph: Victor Leung

    Hiking trails in LA: Solstice Canyon

  3. Photograph: Victor Leung
    Photograph: Victor Leung

    Hiking trails in LA: Solstice Canyon

  4. Photograph: Victor Leung
    Photograph: Victor Leung

    Hiking trails in LA: Solstice Canyon

  5. Photograph: Victor Leung
    Photograph: Victor Leung

    Hiking trails in LA: Solstice Canyon

  6. Photograph: Victor Leung
    Photograph: Victor Leung

    Hiking trails in LA: Solstice Canyon

  7. Photograph: Victor Leung
    Photograph: Victor Leung

    Hiking trails in LA: Solstice Canyon

  8. Photograph: Victor Leung
    Photograph: Victor Leung

    Hiking trails in LA: Solstice Canyon

  9. Photograph: Victor Leung
    Photograph: Victor Leung

    Hiking trails in LA: Solstice Canyon

  10. Photograph: Victor Leung
    Photograph: Victor Leung

    Hiking trails in LA: Solstice Canyon

  11. Photograph: Victor Leung
    Photograph: Victor Leung

    Hiking trails in LA: Solstice Canyon

  12. Photograph: Victor Leung
    Photograph: Victor Leung

    Hiking trails in LA: Solstice Canyon

  13. Photograph: Victor Leung
    Photograph: Victor Leung

    Hiking trails in LA: Solstice Canyon

  14. Photograph: Victor Leung
    Photograph: Victor Leung

    Hiking trails in LA: Solstice Canyon

  15. Photograph: Victor Leung
    Photograph: Victor Leung

    Hiking trails in LA: Solstice Canyon

  16. Photograph: Victor Leung
    Photograph: Victor Leung

    Hiking trails in LA: Solstice Canyon

  17. Photograph: Victor Leung
    Photograph: Victor Leung

    Hiking trails in LA: Solstice Canyon

  18. Photograph: Victor Leung
    Photograph: Victor Leung

    Hiking trails in LA: Solstice Canyon

  19. Photograph: Victor Leung
    Photograph: Victor Leung

    Hiking trails in LA: Solstice Canyon

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Time Out says

It’s easy to imagine yourself in a post-apocalyptic paradise while on this lovely Malibu hike that wends through the ruins of two properties on the 2.5-mile hike to a 30-foot waterfall that makes up for its modesty with a series of natural pools that invite exploration. From the park entrance off Corral Canyon Road, take the gentle, shaded Solstice Canyon Trail. First up is the Keller House, a hunting cabin made of stone and built by the original owners of the canyon lands. About half a mile up the trail, you’ll reach the remains of the Roberts Ranch House, built by famed architect Paul Williams (he designed the Encounter building at LAX) as a retirement retreat for grocery store magnate Fred Roberts and his wife Florence. The Polynesian-style home—once featured in Architectural Digest—was destroyed by fire in 1982. What’s left is essentially a 3D blueprint of the property: There’s a disintegrating stove, a rusty bathtub and the remains of several walls. If not for the happy splashing of your fellow hikers, the whole scene would feel eerie. Instead, it’s a perfect spot for a picnic; add a patterned cloth, serve something out of a Mason jar and boom—Instagram magic. To make a loop, take the Rising Sun Trail back. It’s a bit of a climb, but you’ll be rewarded with a view of the Pacific through the canyon.


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Written by Jade Chang

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