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Solstice Canyon Loop is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Malibu, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.2 mi Elevation gain 797 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Running

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Rocky

No shade

Historic site

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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.

Very small parking lot and minimal parking along the road outside the park...Best bet is to go early in the morning.

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

While the Solstice Canyon Trail is mostly shaded year-round, the Rising Sun and Sostomo Trails are above the canyon floor and often in the full-sun. If it's hot and sunny out, you may not want to attempt those routes. Parking at the trailhead is free, but limited. Try to get there early if possible.

Head north on Pacific Coast Highway from Malibu Canyon road to Corral Canyon Road and turn right. About a quarter mile up, you will see the gated entrance to Solstice Canyon.

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Nigel Hordagoda
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Hiking

My regular hike, love it here!

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Jimmy Galvan
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we started the trail clockwise which for the first half of the loop trail was fairly easy with lots of shade leading up to the waterfall. we continued the loop back and it was a little more challenging but not too hard, there was no more shaded areas and there was a bit of an incline then it kind of flattens out and you start going downwards back to the parking lot. I would recommend starting this trail counterclockwise so you get the tougher part first and then you get the shaded area looping back to the parking lot.

Laura S
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Hiking

First 1.3 was shaded and mostly paved. After crossing stream we took Rising Sun back to parking lot, which had no shade and moderate elevation gain. Great views. Our dog was really hot on this portion at 10:30 - would not have taken him on it in July had I realized no shade.

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Tony Rosé
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Edith Ancheta
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Hiking

Very pretty and not too challenging. The paved part of the hike is mostly shaded and provides nice escapes from the heat. The canyon is pleasant enough, and the tropical terrace at the end is a nice place to stop and snack before looping back out. Mostly chose this trail so we could take our dog on a shaded hike to protect from the heat, and it served that purpose perfectly.

Pasplox Apples
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The trail is very beautiful and not too challenging. The Solstice Canyon part of the trail is mostly flat and shaded by lush, green vegetation. We tried to go on the Sostomo trail, which connected to Solstice Canyon, but it was a bit too overgrown. When you reach the end of the trail, you’ll see the remains of a burnt lodge, which was interesting to peek around, and a nice waterfall which was still flowing as of 7/9/2020. On the way back, we took the Rising Sun trail, which was a bit more difficult because of the greater elevation changes and lack of shade for most of the hike. However the scenery was amazing: the trail presented sweeping views of the canyon and the ocean, and the mountains were still green and covered in flowers even during summer. We did the trail at 8:30 in the morning on a Thursday, and only saw 5 other groups of people throughout the hike. If you go at a less busy time, the hike is not “heavily trafficked” as All Trails claims. Overall, I would definitely recommend this hike for anyone looking to get outside and do some decent exercise.

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Nigel Hordagoda
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Nice hike. Went around 6:30pm, practically nobody here. Weather was perfect

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Ari G
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Decent trail, we went on a Monday at noon and the lot was full. Pretty paved on the Solstice Canyon part of the trail and fairly easy. The waterfall was kinda meh. Apparently there is a larger waterfall but the trail has been closed off so you just have this little waterfall. The loop is if you take the Rising Sun trail back to the parking lot, we accidentally did it as an out and back.

kevin millbank
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Hiking

Good for dogs on under 90 days.

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Stephen Odom
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HikingBugs

Great hike with the dog! Got there at 9am on a Tuesday and there was plenty of parking. Hike took me and the shiba about 90 minutes but we made a few stops so he could check out the stream. Parking lot full when we left at 10:30. Bring bug spray

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Alexa Kiel
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Just a warning, the water fall is a little bit of a letdown and minimal shade. Pretty hike though alongside a little river. Easy to keep distance. Have patience with the parking.

Leanna Barnes
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GET THERE EARLY! We got there at 10 ish to a line of cars waiting. The lots are TINY. Lucked up on some one leaving the first lot. Other than that bro has lots of sunscreens and cover up because Rising Sun is just that SUN and is also overgrown and tiny. I opted to start that way rather than the mostly paved Solstice way. Also this is the Disneyland of waterfalls. No wading and there’s a rail leading to the fall with plenty of signs warning of fining and video surveillance of the area. I was definitely disappointed

Andleeb Dombrowski
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Nice trail. Go out early to avoid crowds and to get parking. There are 3 small lots, otherwise you’ll need to park along the PCH.

Sara P
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Very pretty home that is easy to combine with other trails. If you want to make it more difficult, take the Sostomo trail to Deer Valley loop, where you’ll get amazing ocean views on a clear day. Note that the trail parking gets really crowded so you’ll have to find street parking, which is generally plentiful.

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Jacene Dimson
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Arrive early to beat the crowds and to easily find parking. Enjoyed this trail with my 13lb dog. The initial incline can be a nice workout!

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Cynthia Becerra
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Loved this trail. Great workout. If you go through rising sun trail. All the way through and up till you get to the waterfall and ruins. Then down hill is pretty easy and shaded. Rising sun trail has over grown plants, narrow road but you have to squeeze by overgrown bushes. Views are amazing. Would do again! People wear their masks. It’s great.

Ben Alma
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Great trail with brief ascent. Nice view of the beach and Canyon at the peak

Les Janette Silva
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Parking is bad.

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Krishna Marvaniya
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Gerald Marin
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Awesome place to go for a hike, perfect weather and not to many people...sick views to sit back and enjoy!!

Nigel Hordagoda
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Hiking

Beautiful trail with waterfall at the pool end. Not overly crowded but parking was tough. Waited about 20-30 minutes for a parking spot in the designated lot. Still 10/10 hike for my girlfriend and I.

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