Solstice Canyon Loop Trail

MODERATE 813 reviews

Solstice Canyon Loop Trail is a 3.2 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.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
797 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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.

3 hours ago

i am writing this review for those parents that are looking for trails to take your kids. This trail is perfect! I have a 8 and 6 year old and they enjoyed this trail. Bring snacks or pack a lunch there is plenty of spots to stop and give them a snack or take a picture. The ruins will be their playground and the waterfall will not disappoint. Although they cannot play in it.

7 hours ago

good

hiking
7 days ago

We went in the paved side from the parking lot up to the ruins of the ranch. From there we climbed up the switchies to the top of the hill and were rewarded with that VIEW and an easy, gorgeous walk down. Awesome trail and a butt burner.

15 days ago

Stunning

16 days ago

Great place to hike! I enjoyed it very much

walking
29 days ago

Thoroughly enjoyed this hike! We arrived around 7:50am, which was perfect for parking. The scenery was incredible and there were a couple of challenging moments but overall pretty easy and chill. To be honest, we were a bit confused at certain forks in the trail, but that’s just because it was our first time. Will definitely return!

hiking
30 days ago

The was a beautiful hike. I loved being able to enjoy both the mountains and the water, the view was gorgeous the entire hike! Bonus-looking at the ruins of the old mansion that was burned down during fires and a small waterfall. We saw a lovely group of deer up on the mountains which was a pleasant surprise! Will definitely go back again! Moderate Hike with some steady inclines (we did the loop).

hiking
1 month ago

Very beautiful and scenic trail in Malibu. Parking is really hard to find in the designated trail parking area. However, you can find “precarious parking” just 2-3 minutes from the trail entrance. If you want to park “precariously”, don’t enter the road that leads to the initial parking. Continue going up on the road you entered from the Pacific Coast Highway. Other than parking, this is a beautiful and relaxing hike. Not intense at all. The Rising Sun trail does have a pretty steep incline, but definitely doable.

1 month ago

Take the alternative loop back instead of simply turning around at the waterfall. It’s a challenge but you WON’T regret it! The views are incredible. Be on the lookout as this is a natural reserve and rattlesnakes (as well as others) reside here.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful and relaxing. It’s definitely an easy hike. Great for kids and dog friendly. Saw a couple of quails running on the trail for a while. So close to Malibu Seafood for after hike lunch.

1 month ago

Beautiful! Perfect hike for kids, waterfall and old mansion at the end are great motivation for little hikers!

1 month ago

Awesome day hiking. loved it.

1 month ago

The view from the top of the ocean was breathtaking!!

hiking
2 months ago

very good hike. stars easy but if doing the whole loop it will be challenging...cool pictures spots n ocean view

2 months ago

great!

hiking
2 months ago

Old dilapidated mansions, newts, swimming holes and rock climbing.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful scenery and a great easy hike. We truly enjoyed.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike and great for kids ... last stretch was a good work out and wish the waterfall had more water flowing down. Get there early to get parking or you may get blocked in like i saw today for some folks. Canyon was nice and cooled towards the middle but get great views and sun once on the ridge.

hiking
3 months ago

Love this trail!! I do it multiple times a week and I still feel like I see something new and that I am challenged every time.

hiking
3 months ago

This place is pretty cool lots of little spots to stop and check out. Trail splits to different side of mountain we took right side wich leads back to parking lot.

hiking
3 months ago

This actually was an amazing hike in the later part of the day...nice and cool and then the sunset over the ridge. My kids and I (3yr old daughter and 7yr old son) did the whole thing including the hillside going up from the mansion with ease!! Def. a family hike...but careful on the later parts...its a steep ridge so keep the kiddos close :)

3 months ago

Trail is easy to moderate at best. Ruins are cool but not super impressive. The waterfall is mainly just a trickle. Probably a good hike for families.

3 months ago

We went with kids (8 yo and 11 yo) and everyone enjoyed it. The waterfall was great and the creeks were cool.

3 months ago

Beautiful, challenging enough. My dogs did get ticks for the first time though. Make sure your pups have tick prevention (lime disease).

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Despite being overcast and cloudy, I thought that overall it wasn’t a bad hike. The ruins and waterfall weren’t too impressive, but the trail itself became challenging once it got steeper which contributed to being a great hike. There was a set of beautiful stairs along the trail (one of my favorite parts of the hike). Definitely recommend doing this hike if you want to have somewhat of a challenge that’ll make you sweat but also if you just want to do a quick hike that doesn’t take all day.

hiking
4 months ago

waterfall wasn’t very impressive. for first timers the markers can be confusing. overall good trail.

4 months ago

My kids loved it! We went clockwise and the views were beautiful on the way down.

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

Beatiful trail!

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