Solstice Canyon Trail - Hiking

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This 2.6-mile trail is one of the most family-friendly routes in the area, featuring a wide, relatively flat path with plenty of shade and excellent views of the Santa Monica Mountains.

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Taylor Reilly


2.6 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

28.8 miles


2 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

3 hours

2 to 3 hours


Spring, Fall, and Winter

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits




The Solstice Canyon Trail is 2.6-miles of flat, easy, shaded, and picturesque trail that travels through the Santa Monica Mountains and features a waterfall, historical ruins, and mountain views. Its friendly nature makes it either the perfect place to take the whole family for a hike or an ideal trail running destination.

What Makes It Great

The trail takes hikers past the Robert's Ranch House Ruins, also known as the Tropical Terrace Mansion- Malibu’s oldest still standing stone building. This property was burned down completely by wildfires in the 1980’s and now acts as an interesting landmark or picnic spot for hikers.  Aside from the ruins, there is also a serene waterfall (when California's not in a horrible drought) that gives a peaceful ambiance to the hike. And though the Solstice Canyon Trail is considered a very easy family friendly hike, there are also several more difficult spur trails, which branch off from it, making it possible to enjoy a longer route in the area. The Deer Valley Loop is one of these. So if you're more interested in a physically challenging route rather than a family stroll, add the Deer Valley Loop to your Solstice Canyon hike, and enjoy a closer to 6-mile route in this scenic area. 

Who is Going to Love It

Because it's a casual hike, it's good for (slightly older) children and hikers hoping to take their time and enjoy the views. Summer gets a little hot for most people, though the shade does help keep the sun from roasting you. Most of the trail is paved. 

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

The address for the Solstice Canyon 3455 Solstice Canyon Road, Malibu, CA 90265. 

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Solstice Canyon Trail

Solstice Canyon Rd
Malibu, CA, 90265
34.037775, -118.74776

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