Place: Solstice Canyon, Malibu, California
Coordinates: 34.03778, -118.74764
Length: to the waterfall and back, about 2.5 miles.
On our short visit to LA we were proven wrong. Very wrong indeed. There is much lovely nature in LA and vicinity still, which I'm eager to go back to and explore to a greater extent.
On our first day there, our friend took us to Solstice Canyon, in the Santa Monica National Recreation Area. Just off Hwy 1 in Malibu.
Still, being in a largely urban area, and it being a weekend, there were quite a few people there and finding a parking place was somewhat challenging. After some waiting by the creek we started our hike.
The trail is sloping gently up along the creek. Large, majestic oaks grow alongside.
|Greenbark Ceanothus (Ceanothus spinosus)|
|The Tropical Terrace: the remains of Fred Robert's ranch that was burnt on 1982.|
|A thrashing moth making ripples in the pool (we did pull it out).|
Eventually it was time to go back. We returned on the same trail. My friend stopped to photographed everything blooming. I followed suit.
|Wild California Rose (Rosa californica)|
We finished that day with a pleasant walk at the famous Malibu Beach, sharing a restful evening with the gulls and pelicans.
Many thanks to our dear friend and host who showed us the natural face of the City of Angels! I'll be heading back down there quite soon :-)
And many thanks to members of the California Native Plants Society for their help in identifying plants. I learn a lot from you!