Castro Crest: Upper Solstice Canyon to Mesa Peak

MODERATE 14 reviews
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Castro Crest: Upper Solstice Canyon to Mesa Peak is a 6.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Malibu, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. 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.

Distance: 6.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,243 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

running

views

no shade

Please note that portions of this trail were closed as private property. The trail and peak are now reported to have been reopened. 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.

hiking
2 months ago

Cool rocks to climb on at the start of the trail. It’s downhill to the peak, so it’s all uphill on the way back. Did it last June, and it was HOT with no shade. Recommended for early in the morning or cooler times of year.

hiking
2 months ago

Cool rocks to climb on at the start of the trail. It’s downhill to the peak, so it’s all uphill on the way back. Did it last June, and it was HOT with no shade. Recommended for early in the morning or cooler times of year.

hiking
11 months ago

Mesa Peak is now part of the Backbone Trail and is no longer blocked off by any gates. Did this from the bottom to the top with zero gates, zero signs. Great trail, can be a bit brutal in full sun with only one small grove of trees.

hiking
Saturday, May 30, 2015

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

hiking
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.

hiking
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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