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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.

Distance: 3.2 miles Elevation Gain: 797 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

running

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

no shade

historic site

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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bugs
12 hours ago

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

hiking
3 days ago

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.

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bugs
no shade
over grown
4 days ago

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

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no shade
over grown
4 days ago

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.

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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no shade
over grown
4 days ago

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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over grown
5 days ago

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.

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rocky
8 days ago

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

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9 days ago

Parking is bad.

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no shade
over grown
10 days ago

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12 days ago

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

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13 days ago

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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bugs
rocky
15 days ago

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over grown
16 days ago

Excellent trail - be a champion and finish it the “hard” way! Long sleeves and pants are definitely recommended at its current growth level.

hiking
16 days ago

Very busy trail on weekends. Incline is pretty brief. Good for running except too many people. Parking annoying. Wouldn’t go to Malibu just for this but good to include it in your larger Malibu day of fun.

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rocky
19 days ago

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bugs
20 days ago

Beaucoup de monde pour une ballade sans intérêt: la cascade est un filet d’eau inexistant, les abeilles ont envahi une partie du chemin. Beaucoup de déchets laissés par des randonneurs en bord de chemin. Impossible de se garer.

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no shade
over grown
22 days ago

Overall great hike. If you do it counter clockwise it starts out with a steady incline. Once you reach the highest point its all downhill. the trail is a bit overgrown with a few bugs flying around. A bit rocky and loose at some points. There is no shade so if you want to avoid too much exposure to the sun I recommend getting there early, especially with summer around the corner. The waterfall isn't amazing but was still nice. The ruins of the house next to the waterfall was nice to explore and a great place to take a break or stop for lunch if you brought any.

hiking
22 days ago

I’m from Colorado and used to hiking in the Rockies. I appreciated this trail as it was challenging for me and beautiful. It was a little weird with turning around at the waterfall etc but I found my way easily and walked back to my AirBNB. Great hike overall. 6 miles total round trip.

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22 days ago

This trail is great, but despite the very big signs everywhere, very few people on it wear masks. Over 100,000 Americans are dead, and the coronavirus has not disappeared - cases in California are in fact increasing. If you read this and are considering going, please wear a mask, even if it's just when you are around other people - there were numerous points when we were alone and it was not necessary, but within six feet of strangers it is very simple to do so. Do it for the elderly and the immunocompromised if not for yourself. This very simple action makes a world of difference in making the trail more accessible and less dangerous for everyone, and especially the most vulnerable among us.

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