Solstice Canyon Loop Trail

MODERATE 317 reviews

Solstice Canyon Loop Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Malibu, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.4 miles 918 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

This is an incredibly picturesque, mostly shaded canyon hike in the Santa Monica Mountains. The Solstice Canyon Trail is a popular, well-maintained route with some spur-trail opportunities for more adventurous travelers. Some of the highlights include the oldest still-standing stone building in Malibu, a small waterfall and creek, and several ruins - including the ruins of a moderate mansion. From the gate, follow the service road that runs along the right side of the creek. Bear right at the dirt road that takes you up to the 2 odd looking buildings that house the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. To the right of the second building, take the Rising Sun Trail. This trail heads up the ridge, with great views of the ocean, then drops down into the somewhat mysterious Tropical Terrace. This is actually the ruins of a home build in the 1960s, and burned in 1982. There are exotic plants, lovely pools, a 30 foot waterfall (if there has been rain recently), and a hidden statue of the Virgin Mary just before you cross the creek heading into the ruins. This is really a fun place to explore! You can carefully scramble up the rocks on an extremely steep trail to get above the waterfall to a number of lovely pools. The return route is a pleasant shady service road that runs parallel to the stream.

hiking
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hiking
4 days ago

Really enjoyable hike. Start early - limited parking and very popular. I did this hike 2 days ago with my kids ages 6&7. No problems and they loved exploring the old houses and water fall. Yesterday I had to go back solo so I could add the deer valley loop to this hike. In my opinion the Deer Valley loop is a little tougher. FYI: When you get to the top of the deer valley loop take the service road to the very top and get a great view of the coast line. Elevation around 1400' With both loops I think you get around 9 miles and with all the roller coaster climbs you end up with a total elevation climb of +2000.

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hiking
8 days ago

birding
11 days ago

the hike was good, got a good sweat going up toward the trail with neat things along the way to see: parrots nesting and the old homes, a tad disappointed with the waterfall considering we just had heavy rains but it is CA. The tough part was the parking. I recommend going early to avoid having to park up the road.

12 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

This is a beautiful area to hike. There was not much water flowing, but it was beautiful regardless. Views of the ocean on the way up were awesome. If you scramble up some rocks near the mountain, you can find what remains of a religious sanctuary.

hiking
15 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

Gorgeous trail! Great view overlooking the ocean and a few ruins of old house that you can walk through. Only downside is it's hard to figure out the trails at times. Came here on a gloomy day and there was only a few other people.

19 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

Great moderate hike. We parked at the education center, free. We went right first , up the trail which said sunrise trail I believe. It was the incline & harder side to the hike. Then after coming to the waterfall we went back the way most people start. Much better this way to knock out that part first & just have a easy mostly partially paved way back. Cool views of the sunrise & the sun off the ocean.

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27 days ago

Love it! Beautiful hike!

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hiking
1 month ago

did this hike about 6 months ago, in the summer. I LOVE THIS HIKE. it's probably one of my favorites. Rock climbing, hiking, waterfalls, and nice in the summer with all the trees. Keeps a stead heart rate above 130 if you get a good pace. The rocks make this trail more like an adventure and less like a normal hike. Can get pretty busy, get there early.