Solstice Canyon Loop Trail

MODERATE 564 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.

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2 days ago

enjoyed this CA hike.

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3 days ago

Highly recommend this trail and that is not a Larry David "recommend" recommendation. It's an actual recommendation.

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8 days ago

Started on the left trail of the loop. Not well marked in some areas. 1:20 total time. Good bathrooms. Free parking. Deer. Rabbits. Waterfall. Not a lot of water views. Not until end. Still climbing after 1 hour. Def not easy. Dogs allowed.

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Definitely a great hike with great views of the pacific and canyons. If you're looking for a steep incline to start to get that cardio going, pass the main gate and immediately turn right to head up the mountain. Super important to try and climb on cool days and have lots of water as there is little shady coverage!

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