We love the Malibu area! It's so close to the city, but yet feels so far away... especially when you're out hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains. Today we decided to spend our Sunday hiking the Solstice Canyon Loop Trail. We couldn't believe we hadn't done this hike sooner as we regularly hang out and watch the sunset from the nearby lookout AND have lived in the area for 9 months! Anyway, this is a gorgeous trail and one of the best we've done in Malibu. Perfect for the summer months because you can take a dip in the refreshing waterfall at the end. You can view the video we made of the hike and see how pretty this hike really was but you will have to excuse me being in my underwear as I had no idea there would be a waterfall and it was too hot not to go in!
Solstice Canyon Loop Trail is an easy 2.4 miles along a paved path that leads to several ruins and ends at Tropical Terrace where you can take a dip in the small refreshing rock pool under the 30 foot waterfall. If you want to get a bit more of a work out then head back along the paved trail but take a left turn on the Rising Sun Trail. At first it will seems as though you are going in the opposite direction but the trail winds up the back of the mountain up quite a few rock steps before leading to some beautiful views of the ocean and then eventually back down to the carpark. Of course you can do the hike in reverse but this way you can enjoy the ocean views because you are always walking towards it. Also, on a hot summer day it helps to cool off in the pool before continuing your hike and you will be dry by the time you get back to your car!
photo's from our hike
To get to Solstice Canyon from Los Angeles, take the Pacific Coast Highway and take a right at Corral Canyon road (there is a gas station on the corner). There is a decent sized parking lot at the trailhead however on weekends this place gets super busy. There are restrooms and picnic area's too.
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