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Solstice Canyon, Malibu

Categories: Canyons, Nature & Parks
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4.5/5 based on 60 reviews on the web
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  • Solstice Canyon offers some excellent hikes with stunning views and a good dose of history through the scattered ruins. We hiked the relatively easy trail with our infant son in a front pack though pr...  read more »
  • We rented a house that had a beautiful partial view of Solstice Canyon and a full view of the Pacific Ocean from the front of the house. 
  • Nature in California is pretty dry, a bit like Australia in the Blue Mountains area. You can walk, if nothing to do. Well groomed tracks, signs, decals, toilets-everything is there. Light itineraries
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  • Great place for hiking. Unfortunately I visited it when it was very dry weather, so I couldn't find a waterfall. People said that it is better to visit it fall or winter. Will return back to see waterfall.
  • Really cool to see the buildings that are still standing. Nice trail to hile
  • Great to take pup and do a nice hike. A little busy but worth it.
  • Great hiking trails with a variety of length and difficulty. The ruins are pretty fun to explore and the creek pool is pretty fun to hang out by.
  • The gate to the Solstice Canyon opens around 8AM by the Park Ranger. There is some parking in the front (four spaces), but most of the parking is in the rear. If you get desperate, park along the streets. *FREE The hike is about 3-6 miles round-trip depending the route you take. The most important thing to note is how you want to start your trek, easy or hard? Keep in mind that the sun is lower if you start earlier. I prefer to get the difficult 'Rising Sun Trail' out of the way, so I can do a full loop. The entrance to this trail is the little stairs to your right when you pass the first gate (before restrooms) to the paved trails. As you hike up, you will pass another paved road, keep going straight. You will find the entrance to continue the trails to the left. After hiking up and down the hills, the old burned down houses is a great place to have a snack. You can then continue to hike up (entrance on the right; trails) or start heading back to the parking lot. The trail back is mostly paved and very easy, so enjoy the leisurely walk. If you want a super easy hike, just take the paved trails up in the beginning and return the same way back. Overall, Solstice Canyon is a family and dog friendly hike. I love the view of the beaches and the weather is always beautiful here. Come early to avoid crowd!
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