Castro Crest - Upper Solstice Canyon to Mesa Peak

EASY 5 reviews
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Castro Crest - Upper Solstice Canyon to Mesa Peak is a 6.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Malibu, CA that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.6 miles 1386 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

views

Wonderful ocean and mountain views, unusual sandstone formations This hike first descends into Upper Solstice Canyon where the pleasant, mostly shaded trail follows a seasonal creek bed. As the trail begins to rise out of the canyon, the views get progressively more spectacular. First, lovely folded green hills emerge, followed by large sandstone formations in the distance. As you gain elevation, ocean views become more promenent. On a clear day, you can see most of the Channel Islands, Catalina, and the Santa Monica coastline. Once over the crest, seemingly endless layers of mountains abound in an almost 360 degree panorama, including views down into Malibu Canyon and beyond. I found it breathtaking.

1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

very scenic hike with beautiful views of the pacific ocean and the

hiking
1 year ago

A nice hike with lovely views. It's open but the fence is of course there making the loop impossible. Go left at the top instead of towards the gate and you can get a good view of the ocean and into the canyon.

hiking
1 year ago

Waste of my day. It is now private property. It's gated off by a private owner.

hiking
5 years ago

this was a fairly easy trail thou it was a little Moderate in some areas for some of the people in our group. we past some cool rock formations along the way. and what looked like an old cabin...great views from the top