Solstice Canyon in Malibu is an easy hike with unusual scenery. There are remnants of homes that burned in fires along with a running creek, waterfall and wildlife. The last time I hiked here, we saw several deer feeding in the woods not far from the hiking path.
Getting to the waterfall takes less than an hour along a wide path that even parents pushing sport strollers can easily navigate, although the last steps to the waterfall are a little more tricky, since it’s rocky. I enjoyed hiking (walking, really) to the waterfall since there was a lot of shade.
Hikers looking for something more strenuous can follow switchbacks up a hill, which leads back to the parking lot. This uphill walk is in the sun and can get warm. Solstice Canyon in Malibu is located just across the street from the ocean, so the weather is usually very comfortable.
The trails are clearly marked and there are many different areas to explore in Solstice Canyon. The last fire to burn through this canyon was in 2007 (Solstice did not burn in the 2013 Springs Fire), so there is plenty of lush plant life, trees and shade.
Traffic411 Insider’s Tip: Bring along a map, there are several paths available once you get on the trails.
Distance from LAX: 30 miles
Getting there: Turn off of Pacific Coast Highway at the 76 gas station (off PCH in between Las Virgines & Kanan Dume Road) Here’s a link to the National Park Services map
Solstice Canyon Malibu
Solstice Canyon in Malibu, CA is an easy hike that offers unusual scenery. You'll see remnants of homes lost in fires along with wildlife, a running creek and waterfall.
An ariel view of 'Robert's Home' in Solstice Canyon, Malibu CA (Photo credit: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411).[img src=http://traffic411.com/wp-content/flagallery/solstice-canyon-malibu/thumbs/thumbs_solsticecyn_chimney_pfeiffer_traffic411.jpg]320
What's left of "Robert's Home" in Solstice Canyon Malibu (Photo credit: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411).[img src=http://traffic411.com/wp-content/flagallery/solstice-canyon-malibu/thumbs/thumbs_solsticecyn_waterfall_traffic411.jpg]310Solstice Canyon Waterfall
It's an easy hike to the waterfall in Solistice Canyon, there was water even on a warm September day. (Photo Traffic411)[img src=http://traffic411.com/wp-content/flagallery/solstice-canyon-malibu/thumbs/thumbs_solsticecyn_hills_pfeiffer_traffic411.jpg]290Solstice Canyon hills
The hills of Solstice Canyon, Malibu (Photo credit: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411).[img src=http://traffic411.com/wp-content/flagallery/solstice-canyon-malibu/thumbs/thumbs_solsticecyn_robertshome_traffic411.jpg]230Tropical Terrace "Robert's Home" sign, Solstice Canyon, Malibu, CA
Tropical Terrace "Robert's Home" sign, Solstice Canyon, Malibu, CA (Photo Traffic411)[img src=http://traffic411.com/wp-content/flagallery/solstice-canyon-malibu/thumbs/thumbs_solsticecyn_ruins2_pfeiffer_traffic411.jpg]190Solstice Canyon ruins
Remnants of "Robert's Home" in Solstice Canyon, Malibu (Photo credit: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411).[img src=http://traffic411.com/wp-content/flagallery/solstice-canyon-malibu/thumbs/thumbs_solstice-canyon-stream-malibu-traffic411.jpg]180creek in Solstice Canyon, Malibu CA
Solstice Canyon stream Malibu (photo Traffic411)[img src=http://traffic411.com/wp-content/flagallery/solstice-canyon-malibu/thumbs/thumbs_solsticecyn_stone-and-tin-sign_traffic411.jpg]140House of Stone and Tin sign, Solstice Canyon Malibu
House built of Stone and Tin, sign, Solstice Canyon, Malibu (Photo Traffic411)[img src=http://traffic411.com/wp-content/flagallery/solstice-canyon-malibu/thumbs/thumbs_solsticecyn_stone-and-tin_pfeiffer_traffic411.jpg]130Remnants of homes lost in fires remain in Solstice Canyon in Malibu
Remnants of the house built of Stone and Tin, destroyed in a fire in Solstice Canyon in Malibu (Photo credit: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411).[img src=http://traffic411.com/wp-content/flagallery/solstice-canyon-malibu/thumbs/thumbs_solsticecyn_trail_traffic411.jpg]120Solstice Canyon trail
Solstice Canyon is an easy hike for people of all ages. (photo Traffic411).