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Solstice Canyon Loop Trail

MODERATE 183 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 777 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
9 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

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

13 days ago

One of my favorite place to hike

17 days ago

hiking
23 days 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.

25 days ago

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hiking
2 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
2 months ago

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

2 months ago

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hiking

2 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 :(

3 months ago

didnt finish the whole thing. our toddlers got discourage as soon as we were told thw waterfall dried out. what we did accomplish had decent views, no shade, and more like paved road than an actual hiking trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Good hike with fun things to see & explore.

hiking
3 months ago

It was a nice trail, had my kids with me and they love it. We did encountered a small snake but it was nice. Not much for a waterfall but it was nice.

3 months ago

kid and dog friendly! Easy hike and lots of areas to have a picnic... cool spot!

hiking
3 months ago

Average. Easy trail that leads to two burnt down buildings and a very small waterfall. Easy for the dog and enjoyable enough. Not worth the drive though.