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.
dogs on leash
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.
Cool historic posts and beautiful views.
Free parking, good views, definitely suggest a ccw loop.
Trails are well maintained and beautiful little waterfall
Solid trail. First part is concrete but as you get up into the mountains it turns to dirt. Awesome ocean views and multiple options to veer off and see. Expect a crowded parking lot on weekends.
I took my kids hiking here at the end of December 2016. We loved it. We saw the ruins of the old homes that had burned down. We kept hiking up the mountain as much as we could. We had to turn back when the trail we were on was blocked by a downed tree. We got up pretty high, to where we could see the ocean. It was gorgeous up there. I would highly recommend hiking this trail if you're in the area.
The parking area is really small, so glad we didn't have to worry about parking. We took an Uber from our hotel in Santa Monica to the trail entrance.