Solstice Canyon Loop Trail

MODERATE 525 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.

2 days ago

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2 days ago

Gear hike with kids. They loved running around the ruins. The hike was a bit up hill for a while at the end but nothing too bad. The kids had to stop for a breather a couple times.

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3 days ago

I love this trail. The canyon valley is filled with life. The bottom half of the trail is a super shaded fire road and the upper portion (rising sun trail) is uphill and a pretty good but quick workout. There seems to always be rangers in this park and the place is heavily monitored because of its historical landmarks. When I was hiking there was a couple groups of younger college age people who were talking pretty load which was not that cool and there is a lot of the waterfall area that is "closed" now but it's a beautiful place with lots to see. Great place to bring a little picnic.

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3 days ago

Nice trail, it was a little busy and parking extended beyond the front entrance. Shortly after starting the trail there was a park ranger set up and sharing information with passers....Nice to see the park service there. The first half of the trail (to the waterfall) had a descent amount of shade, but if you continue on the loop it is primarily sun. I wish I had listened to the previous post and wore long pants, the brush was thick on the trail beyond the waterfall.

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14 days ago

This was a great hike! First part was not much of a trail but you get to explore the ruins. The waterfall is the halfway point. If you go early you can have the bench by the waterfall to yourself and enjoy the serene sound of the water. From here the Rising Sun Trail takes you into the most beautiful part of the hike. The trail is narrow an overgrown so wear pants. The views on this second half of the loop trail are AMAZING. Completely worth making your way through the overgrown path. Beautiful mountain views with ocean in the background. Trail overall was pretty easy.

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15 days ago

One of my favorite trails yet! Hike the Rising Sun trail first and then it loops into the trail with the waterfall. Rising Sun trail has a BEAUTIFUL scenery of the ocean and mountain's. I would not recommend this trail for beginners however, it is on the edge of the mountain with narrow paths.

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19 days ago

We had a beautiful hike. The weather was perfect as the marine layer stayed with us all day. The trails we're very over grown with vegatation that was the downer with all the bees buzzing! Had to trek very carefully. The stream is running very low now. Go early morning as parking can be difficult and no matter what if the sign says no parking it means NO parking. ;)

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20 days ago

20 days ago

Did the loop. it was overcast. we were mostly in the clouds. we have done several trails since coming to California this has been my favorite. it will be my "go to" trail whenever I have friends come to visit. I highly recommend this trail. it is easy to moderate.

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