Solstice Canyon Loop Trail

MODERATE 450 reviews

Solstice Canyon Loop Trail is a 3.4 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
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
918 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.

hiking
6 hours ago

Fun trail to hike and the remains of the Tropical Terrace is super cool to explore. The waterfall is amazing as well~! I know there are other historic sites on this trail but we didn't get to them. But that's ok as it means we have an excuse to come back soon with our little mountain pup~! ;)
We went on an afternoon, on a week day and it was easy to find parking. The day was partly cloudy and at one point, it sprinkled on us a bit. No worries though--it was refreshing. But if the forecast is calling for sun, people might want to come either really early or later in the afternoon as there isn't a lot of shade. Can't wait to come back to Solstice Canyon and bask in it's beauty. :)

walking
2 days ago

I was pleasantly surprised by what a beautiful trail this was. The first half of the loop is quite easy with lots of shade and views of the stream. The ruined house and falls at the top are worth the trek. The second half of the loop is the moderate part going over the mountain with beautiful views.

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3 days ago

Good hike! We looped around the left to start, and at the ruins continued onward. On these maps you can see some choose to backtrack at the ruins (halfway point) to get to the parking lot. Much easier hike this way. I thought people were confused and backtracked but now I understand why. After the ruins it turns from a nature walk into a very steep incline full of switchbacks, no shade, and much more rugged terrain. Not a complaint, just something to be aware of. I'd probably have opted for the easier route today, but the reward of some great views made it worth it after all. Parking was impossible on a Tuesday around noon- I'm sure it is non-existent on a weekend, so arrive early, or park on PCH, or across from the gas station and add 10 minutes to the hike.

Stopped for about 20 minutes to explore the ruins of the mansion + waterfall. I didn't pack a lunch but if I had- this would have been the spot to enjoy it! Lots to see and very scenic/historic.

Signs up early on in the hike to turn back if you're allergic or afraid of bees. Multiple spots where there were small amounts of bees. They didn't bother us one bit but if you don't like the sound of buzzing, then maybe this isn't an ideal hike. Other than that, saw many lizards, plenty of butterflies and a doe.

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11 days ago

It was a nice little walk with my wife and daughter to go see the water fall

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12 days ago

Fairly crowded but the waterfall and ruins of the cabin are pretty neat.

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