Castro Crest: Upper Solstice Canyon to Mesa Peak [PRIVATE PROPERTY]

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Castro Crest: Upper Solstice Canyon to Mesa Peak [PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 6.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Malibu, California 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 best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.5 miles
1,243 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running


private property

This peak is now privately owned and access to the public is prohibited. 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 prominent. 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.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

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

Thursday, May 07, 2015

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.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

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

Sunday, July 31, 2011

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

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Friday, August 24, 2012