Sostomo and Deer Valley Loop Trail is a 6.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Malibu, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length6.3 miElevation gain1,811 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningBeachForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlife
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There’s a gate as you turn onto Solstice Canyon Road from Corral Canyon Road. This gate opens at 8:00 am. If you want to start earlier, you will have to park on the street. Excellent hike, strenuous stretches, good workout, great views. Make sure to stop by the waterfall and trek up the extra 0.3 miles at the end for the optimal vantage point.

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Yan Zhou
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One of the best trails I’ve been to so far! I arrived at 11 am on a Sunday. Luckily, parking wasn’t that bad, no line :) Lots of small rocks on the trail, and very steep, please wear some nice boots! I followed the suggestion provided in previous reviews and saw the amazing view on the top of Deer Valley Loop! I also really enjoyed the 2 or 3 creeks on my way there. Most people stoped at the water fall (tiny), and we barely met others in the second half of the trail, which is actually the best!

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Monica Arone
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First time doing this hike. Absolutely gorgeous. I arrived on a Saturday about 7:55am and the parking lot was open and already about 80% full! When I left at 11am(ish) there was a line of cars waiting for spots. I did the first loop clockwise and then the second/upper loop counterclockwise. I didn’t find any ticks but lots of poison oak on the upper loop. Amazing views, you can see Point Dume in all her glory. My app said I hit about 2,400 feet elevation gain, just under 7 miles. Took me a little over 2.5 hrs. Will definitely do this one again.

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Hannah Cruz
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Beautiful trail! I loved how I could go from mini waterfalls to ocean views in just a couple hours. There was little traffic on my way in and moderate on my way out.

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Greg Haddad
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Juan Felix
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Hard have better shoes

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Doerte Lindner
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Laurel Witt
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I’d never really hiked much in Malibu before, but it was so beautiful! Lovely hike through creek crossings, tall green grass, and what feels like a little jungle. Elevation brought us above the overcast day and into sunshine! Great day hike, but be sure to bring water!

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Nathan Vonk
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lauren boni
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Fun trail! Not my usual kind of trail, I prefer wilderness and national forests but had a fun doggy hike. It was pretty for what it was! Great workout too. My dog did pick up a tick - I was able to catch it on his body before it burrowed, but be careful!

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Kat E.
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Great!

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Bonnie Nordling
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Be careful: we did see one rattlesnake cross our path! Also it is quite rocky in some places so be sure to have proper hiking boots on!

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Jon Stange
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Very nice hike. Arrived at 6:40am on a Thursday, gates were open and parking lot empty, although sign said no parking before 8am (but didn’t get a ticket). I’d recommend taking the first loop clockwise and second loop counterclockwise, for ocean views. There was some shrubby poison oak on the upper portion of the trail, avoidable if you know what to look for. Check for ticks, I had one on my ankle, probably due to walking through some encroaching grass on portions of the upper part of the hike. Some shade on upper half of trail as you cross the stream a couple of times; then the path has 10’ high shrubs on either side, and opens up nicely in the upper loop. Upper half of hike is definitely quieter with more solitude and better views, can see from past point dume to malibu.

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Bonnie Nordling
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Good trail, lovely views and fair amount of uphill parts. Moments were I was a little scared to be on my own and by the end of the whole thing, my legs wanted to fall off. Would do again though!

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Zach Shelton
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After the solstice canyon stretch of the trail it was pretty overgrown and pretty steep at points but the view at the top is so worth it! The trail isn’t very well marked after solstice canyon either but it’s pretty straight forward. I found it to be pretty difficult with the steep incline and decline. Get there early for parking and there won’t be a lot of people on the trail, coming out there was a line of cars waiting for my spot and a lot of people not wearing masks. Please be considerate and wear a mask around others if you do this trail.

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Katherine C
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Cindysue Compton
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This is a great hike! So pretty a lot to see. Gradual incline. Nice parking areas with restrooms.

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Daniel Montanez
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Cassie Boles
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Alex Pole
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If there was a masked rating of trails, this would get a 1 out of 10. Most people had no masks with them at all for the entire duration of their hike. Unmasked people even talk to you and ask directions. I forgot people had mouths.

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Charissa Doerbecker
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Daniel Halteh
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Extension loop from the heavily-trafficked Solstice Canyon Trail. I highly recommend this addition as it’s much less busy and has some fantastic views over Malibu.

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Charles Kolstad
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Carly Schnitzer
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Manageable but a lot of people on the trail! Be sure to social distance as much as possible and throw your mask on if you see someone, a lot of no masks going on.

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Jacob Kurtz
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Lorraine Flores
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Bobby Laumea
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Beautiful views. Good for birding. My dog loved the hike as well. Too many people at times.

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Christopher Pentecost
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Mike S
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Elizabeth Payan
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Great trail, some uphill but beautiful views

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