Solstice Canyon

A trail winds through a shrubby hillside

Photo by volunteer photographer Wing Sze Lee

Solstice Canyon features several options for easy, moderate, or strenuous hikes through coastal sage scrub and riparian plant communities. Visitors can enjoy a picnic, a shady stroll along the Solstice Canyon Trail, or a more challenging climb up the Rising Sun Trail. Our perennial waterfall is a popular hiking destination, and along the way you might encounter acorn woodpeckers, alligator lizards, fence lizards, or a red-tailed hawk soaring overhead.

Visitors love the natural beauty of Solstice Canyon, yet wildfires have left behind the architectural ruins of our recent past. While enjoying a gentle hike to the waterfall you will pass remains of the Keller House, a stone hunting cabin built over one hundred years ago, and significantly damaged by fire in 2007. Upon arriving at our most popular feature, the Solstice waterfall, you will find the stone and brick ruins of The Robert’s Ranch house designed by architect Paul Revere Williams in 1952. In 1929, Williams became the first African American member of the American Institute of Architects and later designed a prominent landmark at the Los Angeles International Airport, the “LAX Theme Building (1961).”

Site Info and Map

Site Map and Site Brochure

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Picnicking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Dog walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Directions

Intersection of Corral Canyon Road and Solstice Canyon Road, Malibu, CA, 90265

GPS Coordinates: N 34.0350 W ­118.7445

From Pacific Coast Hwy turn inland on Corral Canyon Rd. Drive 0.25 mile to park entrance on left in Malibu, CA, 90265.

Good to Know

Parking

Yes

Proximity to the beach makes this an extremely popular destination on weekends. With limited parking, carpooling is strongly encouraged. If you choose to park outside the lot and along the road, please make sure car is completely out of the road striping. Exercise caution when walking down to the park.

Restrooms

Yes

Restroom located 100’ up main trail past the parking lot.

Water

Yes

One drinking fountain located at the parking lot and one located about 1⁄4 mile up on Solstice Canyon Trail so bring enough water on very warm days.

Pets

Yes

Dogs are allowed but must remain on a leash, not to exceed six feet, at all times. Please pick­ up after your dog.

Accessibility

Yes

Parking lot is paved and Solstice Canyon Trail paved for about 1⁄2 mile.

Cell Service

Yes/No

Depends on cell service provider. Unreliable cell service in the backcountry.

Keller House ruins
The Keller House ruins remain standing after the house was destroyed by a fire.
Two people standing in the Tropical Terrace ruins.
Two people hang around in the Tropical Terrace ,"Robert's House", ruins.
Solstice Canyon trail to the waterfall.
Walk the trail that leads to the waterfall.
Solstice Canyon waterfall
The waterfall is now only a trickle of water.
Views of the Pacific Ocean from Solstice Canyon
Enjoy the views of the Pacific Ocean from Solstice Canyon.

Last updated: August 7, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

26876 Mulholland Highway
Calabasas, CA 91302

Phone:

(805) 370-2301

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