This unique trail begins in the canyon bottom of Solstice Canyon and ends high above with scenic vistas of the Pacific Ocean. Along the trail are the ruins of three homes lost in wild fires decades ago. Look for burnt-out chimneys and standing stone walls. Portions of the trail are shaded by the riparian tree canopy, and there are also multiple creek crossings.
This segment is accessible from the main trailhead using Solstice Canyon Trail. To access the trailhead from PCH, take Corral Canyon Road. After 0.2 miles, turn left (north) into the park entrance. Limited parking is just inside the entrance, or travel to the main lot. Parking fills up on weekends shortly after the gate opens at 8:00 am, so just in case parking is unavailable, plan for other hiking options.