Explore the most popular river trails near Malibu with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We really enjoyed this hike! Not a lot of shade so I’d recommend going on a cool day. Tracking on Strava it said 6.9miles and 2,028ft elevation gain.

Great trail!

Easy hike through nice houses... Disappointed waterfall but then again it's so cal so was expected

This is one of my go-to weekend hikes. It gains a lot of elevation quickly, but that means some pretty stellar ocean views and isn't too long. Watch out for poison oak and wear sun protective gear.

Great hike. Beautiful, rather easy. Kids loved it. Not long.

The view was wonderful! Loved being in the canyon and seeing yuccas & other wild flowers. The trails are quite narrow with a lot of overgrowth. There were long branch like reeds, that I call slappers, to combat on the trail. So watch out for those, ticks & spiderwebs(especially in the morning).

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26 days ago

fun hike. free parking lot

Visiting from SC, this was a perfect loop trail to tackle with my 7 and 10-year-old boys. We loved the ruins, the hollow “slide” tree near the ruins, and the awesome views of the Pacific. Then a quick trip to the beach to cool off!

This super lush and scenic Malibu hike is actually just up the street from the Corral Canyon trail and very close to the DELICIOUS Malibu Seafood Fresh Fish Market.

So let's just get this out of the way since my friend and I wasted a bunch of time trying to find the free parking lot that's at the beginning of the trailhead. Just before the 76 gas station, take a right onto to Corral canyon road and take it all the way to the very end until you see a large (not small) parking lot. This is the actual trailhead. Anyways, we took the pathway that descended into the canyon and it was very level and doable and then we came upon the burned down houses and the small yet cozy waterfall area. I finally found the sign for the "Rising Sun Trail," definitely take this trail as this was my favorite part of the hike as it ascends up the canyon and loops all the way back around to the parking lots. It's quite the workout especially with staircase portion that gets you huffing and puffing. All kinds of beautiful greenery throughout the journey. It took about 3 hours.

UPDATE:
I just did Solstice for my second time but this time around I took the Rising Sun Trail FIRST from the parking lot trailhead. The entrance is not obvious at all so when you get to the main entrance trailhead, look to your right and find the stairs to venture on the Rising Sun trail. It was a nice gradual ascension into the canyon and then after about 1.5 miles it starts to descent into the shaded canyon into the tropical terrace. From the Tropical Terrace ruins, you can take the paved road all the way back to the trail to make the whole journey a loop.

- @justroc @just.trek

Beautiful, scenic and just challenging enough to make it a workout.

This was a wonderful moderate hike. Perfect for a quick get away. The loop is nice. There are some wooded areas, creek areas, and even get hit by a life saving ocean breeze once near the top. The views are fantastic. The flowers in the spring make for perfection.

Great hike! Done it about a dozen times and it never gets old. Well-maintained, great waterfalls, and super peaceful. Do not go on the weekends but go during the week early.

Great hike with the family. Not difficult at all!!

Great hike with awesome views!

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1 month ago

Great place to hike if you’re looking for a moderate intensity hike. Parking is extremely limited so be prepared to either park on PCH or up the hill

It was a beautiful hike with lots of trees and nature, but there was not much water. We were able to see a little bit of the falls, but it was obvious that the water was going down. So if you want to see the falls, go sooner than later! Still beautiful, for what it is, even though it smells like sulfur.

amazing views of Sandstone peak and Boney, plus very abundant wildflowers but also very overgrown and itchy.

this Trail is a very good two in one Trail. first part of the trail and why fire type Access Road which is both Earth and also paved. you reach a ruin which appears to be some type of multi-use camping area. however the falls at the end of the trail is back above the room so you have to climb some pre-made steps to get to the falls. the journey is .6 miles from the trailhead. the second part of the trail is where things get interesting you cross the creek and immediately began a Switchback climb up to the rim

At first I thought it was too easy while we walked the paved path. Once we made it to the old house and waterfall we continued our loop up hill and enjoyed the moderate hike. The views were fantastic and just hot enough to break a sweat. We got lucky on parking right at the entrance of the trail but could see that parking was an issue as it got later. It was a little crowded but people were very polite. Overall glad we took this hike.

Very fun! Push it if you like it more strenuous or chill and enjoy the views if you like that. Either way you’ll love this hike.

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1 month ago

Really pretty hike! Dog friendly and the waterfall is a great spot to sit before heading back.

Loved this trail! Parking is tight and I recommend parking outside the park entrance, lots of space along the road. The ruins are pretty, great scenic views, and there is shade along the trail.

Great, easy hike. Dog-friendly and lots of shaded areas.

very narrow path overgrown with tall wildflowers. not a great experience for people who are allergic to bees or just don't appreciate darting through a mile or two of bees in the path. sad face - did think it had a nice view I did not stop to see - wish the path were wider and cleared.

Family friendly hike. There was resident's honking at everyone to move, there was plenty of horse poop, and the waterfall was dry like trickles falling, and it smelled horrible. when you get to waterfall becarefull while I was there all the loose rocks had 8 hikers fall.

Started from the backbone Trail, we did it all the way up to the summa trail until they waterfall, but it’s not any water at all so we don’t want to come back to the same trail so we went up and did the loop. Between the river and dry water fall going up to do the loop I lost a brown whit blue hat and blue bandanna,little bear if some one find it. Please look for me at face book. Please sent me a message. It my hiking partner. Emilia Cotto . My profile is a little girl with a hat.

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1 month ago

Good workout. Great views. Easy parking.

Beautiful hike with lots of shade. There are two small parking lots, lower and upper, however we waited 15 mins and there were no spots, so had to park down by PCH and walk up. From the trail head, the first 1.15 miles are easy and goes to the waterfall, from here you can turn around and head back the same way, for a nice 2.5 miles nature walk. Otherwise, go right and take the Rising Sun Trail which will be a challenging incline for another 1.5 miles, this will complete the Solstice loop. Less shade and more climbing on the Rising Sun Trail, but you will be rewarded with ocean views from the top of the canyon.

Loved this hike! My 5 year hiked the whole way. The “weeping wall” or falls is really beautiful. I would definitely do this hike again.

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