5.9 miles, 1-3 hours
This is an incredibly picturesque, mostly shaded canyon hike in the Santa Monica Mountains. The Solstice Canyon Trail is a popular, well-maintained route with some spur-trail opportunities for more adventurous travelers.
Some of the highlights include the oldest still-standing stone building in Malibu, a small waterfall and creek, and several ruins - including the ruins of a moderate mansion.
While the Solstice Canyon Trail is mostly shaded year-round, the Rising Sun and Sostomo Trails are above the canyon floor and often in the full-sun. If it's hot and sunny out, you may not want to attempt those routes.
Parking at the trailhead is free, but limited. Try to get there early if possible.
Dogs are allowed, but must remain on-leash.