Weekend Hike: Solstice Canyon, Malibu

One of my many little resolutions for 2014 is to hike more. I live in a gorgeous part of the country (it’s been 80 degrees here the past few days) and I need to take advantage of that and spend more time outdoors. On Saturday, I took the trek to Malibu with a few friends to go to Solstice Canyon and hike the Rising Sun trail.

It was a pretty rough hike (at least for Paul, Charlotte, Colin and myself; we need to spend less time in cars), but very rewarding in the end. We wound up at the ruins of a mansion designed by architect Paul Williams. Fred Roberts, the owner of a chain of grocery and liquor stores in Santa Monica, commissioned Williams to start the project in 1952. Roberts and his wife lived their until his death in 1976 and in 1982, a wildfire took it. What’s left feels like a frame out of The Jungle Book or Pan’s Labyrinth. I was too busy gawking at the ruins to take too many photos, but here are a few. If you are an LA resident, I highly suggest the trek to Malibu to see this.

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