Solstice Canyon Trail

Malibu, California 90265

Solstice Canyon Trail

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"Solstice Canyon, formerly known as Roberts Ranch, is a lovely piece of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (NRA). It was opened in 1988, and has been delighting visitors ever since with a variety of trails for different uses. The loop hike described here utilizes two of these trails. Solstice Canyon, home to a year-round stream, is shaded by a thick canopy of sycamore, alder, bay, and live oak; some of the trees are large and ancient."

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"You won’t find solitude on this very popular and easily accessible hike. But a year- round creek up a shady canyon for pooch combined with sweeping views of the Pacific along the sundrenched ridge is worth sharing the trail with four-legged locals and their human companions. The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area encompasses almost 160,000 acres laced with 500 miles of trails. The National Park Service in cooperation with several other government agencies administers the recreation area. The Chumash Indians inhabited Solstice Canyon long before the arrival of settlers and cattle ranchers." Read more

Solstice Canyon Trail Reviews

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Hot Labor Day hike to the burned house and then up the western ridge. Great ocean views. Decided not to go up the east ridge on the way back, the trail looked pretty similar. Very crowed (holiday weekend) and too much pavement to merit more than 3 starts. Milage signs are WAY OFF for the western loop.
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I've been back twice since this amazing New Year's Day hike in Solstice Canyon. This hike is permanently in my top ten hikes in SoCal. It's only about 30 minutes from Santa Monica on the PCH so it's really close to home for me. The first mile or so is pretty well traveled, so expect to share the trail with others, though most everyone I've encountered on this trail has been super friendly. They also allow dogs, leashed of course, so there will be furry friends there too. Give yourself some time to explore the ruins of the Roberts' home. A great place for photogs like me. :-) Just behind the ruins is an amazing waterfall (in winter - after a good rain) though you'll have to wait in line for that perfect shot. ;-) You can even rough it up around the sides of the water fall to see another lovely fall and pool a little further up. At this point there is a nice trail that goes up to the Deer Valley loop which is a nice 3-4 mile add for your outing with amazing views. If not, do the Rising Sun trail on the way back to the parking lot. You'll climb quite high and get unrivaled views of the Pacific with Catalina Island taking center stage on the view. I love to sit up there and have a picnic during sunset while watching the island and Pacific on a clear day. This is truly a crown jewel in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and a must visit for locals! :-)

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Trail Information

Nearby City
700 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1.5 hours
100 feet
Trailhead Elevation
800 feet
Top Elevation
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
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Dec 2018