Tuesday has become hiking day when we winter in California. (How’s that for a pretentious verb – winter! Je m’excuse.) Monday we pickle in Santa Barbara, then Tuesday we hit the trail.
Today, we motor down The 101 to Oxnard, then south to the Pacific towards Malibu. With daytime temperatures heading to 80F in late February, we have all the sunshine we could ever love.
Our expectations for the hike are modest as the Internet has prepped us for a simple 2.4 mile round-trip to a petite waterfall behind some ruins.
Once parked with ten other cars in the lot, we hit the gently rising paved road towards the ruins of Roberts Ranch and it’s mini-waterfalls.
Since the Roberts Ranch house was built in the 1952 and destroyed by a wildfire roaring down the canyon thirty years later, the paved, now potholed road for vehicles makes sense rather than the dirt trail we were expecting. Passing the vestiges of the Woolsey Fire from just over a year ago (November 2018) in the trees and scrub brush, we reaffirm that, in the end, Mother Nature wins; she is a remarkable regenerating soul of life and greenery.
In 30 minutes we arrive at the brick fireplaces of the remains of the Roberts Ranch. In this winter of mini-drought, the falls trickle behind the house. (In the 50 winter days we’ve been in California we’ve had one thirty minute shower.)
Fortunately, we return by way of the Rising Sun Trail that climbs by switchbacks high above the creek bed in the Santa Monica Mountains. The trail takes us out of the sycamores and oaks of the creek to the bushes and grasslands on a cloudless day; lizards dart across our path as we see far fewer hikers.
Click here for more information on the Solstice Canyon Trail.
Lunching above the Malibu Bluffs beneath Pepperdine University in late February 2020, we are totally unaware what is growing in China that will turn our world upside down. For the time being, we are living our California Dream.