Solstice Canyon Loop Trail

MODERATE 189 reviews

Solstice Canyon Loop Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Malibu, CA 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 917 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
13 days 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.

21 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

I hiked with my daughters (age 11 & 12) and black lab. The way back was a too hot and too much sun for the dog, but everyone loved the waterfall.

hiking
1 month ago

It was a fascinating and beautiful trail. There aren't many where you can hike through ruins while getting killer views of the ocean and valleys. It takes some time for sure if you wanna go all the way through.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked to the waterfall and then back to the parking lot on the Rising Sun trail. First half is very easy and beautiful through the bottom of the canyon. Rising Sun takes you up the mountain, which is a moderate but gradual incline, and well worth the views of the canyon and Pacific Ocean. Overall a gorgeous hike!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great trails, nice view and a challenging incline! I like that the trails are generally well marked.

2 months ago

One of my favorite place to hike

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike! Took the Rising Sun Trail (moderate incline) north to the ruins and waterfall, followed by the Solstice Canyon Trail (very easy) back South.

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4 months ago

Did the hike to Tropical Terrace on a day that was suppose to get into the 90s in the valley. Good "go to" hike for weekdays in the summer. It's hard to find parking on weekends. Didn't go as far as the waterfall as other reviews indicate it's just a trickle. I'll save that for winter and spring in wetter years. Easy to hike shade to shade and there's a nice cool breeze off the ocean.

hiking
4 months ago

Very nice scenery and you visit an abandoned (burned down) ranch.

5 months ago

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hiking
5 months ago

Nice hiking

5 months ago

Thursday I was there it was a great hike until I came back down to the car and I saw that the windows were broken and my purse was gone there was also another car that was there that also got their Windows broken into Centennial Park ranger's needs to start doing their jobs and look out for the cars are parked there I don't think I'll be going back there :(