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Solstice Canyon

Bring your pet out for a bit of exercise on this mild hike, which afford breathtaking views of the ocean. Leashed pets are welcome. 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. The 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. Dogs are allowed but must remain on a leash, not to exceed six feet, at all times. Please pick­ up after your dog. Visit Website

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BringFido Guest Rating

Solstice Canyon has received a rating of 4.5 out of 5 bones by 8 canine critics on BringFido.

  • M
    May. 30, 2019
    Solstice

    This is a very easy hike and it tends to get packed with people pretty fast. You can always make the hike slightly challenging by continuing up on to the Rising Sun Trail! Please keep your pups on their leashes and on the trails. It’s not fair to the people and pups that follow the rules. Some pups on leashes can feel threatened by Off Leash doggies. Bring plenty of water for the pups as it can get pretty hot especially during the warmer sunny days. Have fun!!!!

  • Katya
    More than a year ago
    Must depend on the time of year

    While the site & the park claims that the walk to the Tropical Grotto is only 1 mile, it was the longest mile I ever walked. It is not all that shaded; only in spots, so summertime is hot. My dog is young so he had no issues making the walk. I do recommend bringing a lot of water;enough for you & your buddy. & the water is not only for drinking but dousing, cause you will feel hot & grimy.

    Summertime hiking yields no big pay-off to the effort of the walk. The grotto is pretty dry. Only a slight trickle of water "cascaded" down the rocks. The pool is very minimal. Further, no 1 mentions that you have to climb to see the grotto. That's fine, if you expect it. But it is a 7' rock climb. I did it, out of principal.

  • Taylor
    More than a year ago
    Stupendous

    I went hiking with my best friend, her little sister, my golden retriever, and her Brittany spaniel mix. The dogs loved it. Even though the dogs were supposed to be on leashes at all time, especially around the ruins, no one really cares if they are off leash as long as they are friendly to other dogs and people. Gorgeous nature, lots of shade, and amazing sights. Highly recommended. I didn't let my dog swim but the dogs love to swim in the little creek near the end of the trail.

  • John
    More than a year ago
    Lighten up

    Dean in Fields needs to relax

  • Dean
    More than a year ago
    Dogs Not Allowed

    Dogs are not allowed past the ruins and near the waterfall. The photo of your dog in the water depicts illegal activiy and will be forwarded to rangeras. Its sad that this site promotes irresponsible dog ownership and attempts to ruin thing for hikers and swimmers. Just because you believe your dog is cute and friendly does not mean you should be allowed to force him on the rest of us

  • C&M
    More than a year ago
    Solstice Canyon

    Great hike with our dogs! Beautiful scenery and waterfalls.

  • Faith
    More than a year ago
    An unexpected gem

    What a treat Solstice Canyon is, for dogs and people alike. Gorgeous scenery, easy hike (if you take the main trail) and the waterfall at the end feels like the lush green Pacific Northwest and a Disneyland attraction all at once, will deep pools, huge boulders to climb on, ruins, etc. And the dogs can have fun splashing in the water, too!

  • Michelle
    More than a year ago
    sunday hike

    great hike - especially for non-hikers... the park could use better signage for dead-end trails, and snake warnings!

    All in all a good way to spend Sunday morning with the pooch!

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