Summary: 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, 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. If not for all the construction (see trailhead info), I would have rated this hike at 5 stars.
Trailhead: 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. At the time this review was written (Sep 2002), the canyon was closed for some improvement work, scheduled to be completed in June of 2003. I parked on the right side of the road at a dirt turnout about another quarter mile up Corral Canyon, then slipped through the left side of the fence at the Solstice Canyon entrance. I didn't see another person on the weekend I went, but you might get kicked out on a weekday if the construction is still going on. (Lat:34.03489 Lon:-118.7445)
Trail Guides for Solstice Canyon Loop:
Day Hikes Around Los Angeles
by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books, Inc.)
Afoot & Afield In Los Angeles
by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)
Day Hikers Guide to Southern California
by John McKinney (Olympus Press)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: National Park Service 805-370-2301
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jim Zuber, who has posted 104 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Lisa P on 4/4/2013
Great hike. Went up the Rising Sun trail first and was happy to have that behind me while we enjoyed a snack at the waterfall and looked forward to an easy 15 minute wallk back to the parking lot on the Solstice Canyon loop next to the creek. Rising Sun was a pretty steady climb. Kids had fun climbing the boulders at the waterfall. Beautiful ocean views at the top of Rising Sun.
Reviewed by Samantha on 7/19/2012
I really enjoyed this Hike :-) my friend & I Hiked in on the Rising Sun trail in the morning, then we came down into the Solstice Canyon. Hearing the Waterfall below, we looked at each other like excited kids and took off to find it faster!! When we did, it was so re-freshing, cool, peaceful. After enjoying a few cooling moments in the Creek, we headed UP & over the boulders to follow the Creek and found some beautiful little ponds along the way. A wonderful place to bring the family, a fun Hike to explore and get wet along the way :-) bring a lunch and enjoy a picnic.
Reviewed by Rex on 5/29/2012
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Reviewed by J on 4/4/2012
Did this last weekend. Really great hike had a lot of fun. Lots of unique things to see. Full review here http://opadventureteam.com/2012/03/09/solstice-canyon-hike-in-malibu/
Reviewed by RLM on 11/5/2011
I really like this hike. It follows a creek and there is a nice little waterfall at the end of the trail. Also the trail through the canyon is pretty shaded, which is nice. For a little bit more of a workout you can take the "Rising Sun Trail" which connects to the "Solstice Canyon Trail".
Reviewed by JB on 8/21/2011
Wonderful easy there and back hike to the waterfall. For a moderate work out, take the "rising sun trail" back to the parking lot and have a ocean view half the return trip.
Reviewed by Aida V on 5/15/2011
This is a fun hike for the whole family. Such a great place to hike ( there's plentiful hiking trails ), lovely waterfalls. We had such a great time. fantastic views...breathtakingly beautiful! There are lots of places to see around the area too. A fun filled day trip.
Reviewed by OTC on 5/11/2011
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