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Caballaro-Sullivan Loop

Average Rating:    (3.44 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 9

Go down the trail next to the sign. It follows a dry (usually) creekbed. It will be rocky in sections, but not technical. It will climb up to a ridge. Caballaro ends at dirt Mulhuland (dirt road). Go left on dirt Mulhuland. Keep going for a couple of miles. Youll see a gated fireroad (with Sullivan spray painted on it) on the right. This is Sullivan Ridge, go down it. After less than a mile the fireroad widens and there is a trail leading down on the left. This is Sullivan Cyn, go down it. Sullivan Cyn is a fast doubletrack/singletrack under Sycamore and Oak trees. There are a couple of drop offs and whoop-dees with plenty of creek crossings. After about 5 miles you will come to an unmarked (practically hidden) singletrack leading up to the right. This is a VERY steep climb, but it will put you back on Sullivan Ridge in less than 1/2 a mile. When you reach Sullivan Ridge go right. Dont be surprised to see pavement, this section of Sullivan is paved. Keep going, the pavement will end near a gate and youll climb for about 4 more miles. When you get to the gate at dirt Mulhuland go left. Go down dirt Mulhuland for a couple of miles back to the top of Caballaro. Make a right at Caballaro and go down it. Thats it . There is lots of singletrack mirroring these trails. Look for them and incorporate a few after you have learned the main loop. Woo Hooo!
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Latitude
34.13145121292488
Longitude
-118.5531234741211
Trail Directions
Take the 101 Frwy North from L.A. past the 405 Frwy to the Reseda Blvd exit and go left under the Frwy. Keep going straight through a couple of lights and then a few stop signs. When it looks like your starting to go up a hill, look to your left. There is a sign that says Caballaro Cyn. Park in the dirt by the sign or on the opposite side of the street.
Trail Length
19 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Tarzana
   


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Review Date
September 24, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bkribbs ,  Downhiller

Summary:
Good downhill for the most part. Rough, and a little loose, but a good time all-in-all. Most of the directions above are accurate and good for making loops. With a little scouting across the mountains, you can figure out where you want to go anyway. Locals are helpful about directions. The Sullivan Downhill trail isn't as fast as some, but semi tech. All the drops can be hit without a scout ( 4' maximums ) Look out for the long exposed pipe. It makes a cool manmade kind of skinny that is fun for a challenge. If you are in the area, its definately worth checking out. Riding up here you are right at the smog level. Its kinda thick in the air. Probably not good for a guy, but its a great place to ride in the city for an escape. Good views too.

Recommended Route:
Left on dirt Mulholland, down sulivan canyon, up through the neighborhood as described above, up the fire road to the missle silo, catch up with Dirt Mullholand and connect with cabalerro canyon. Best yet, shuttle.



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Review Date
August 2, 2000

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Airbear , from Santa Monica, CA

Summary:
A fun 1 mile technical singletrack alternate for advanced riders dropping into Sullivan canyon. Slightly brushy, but fun and very ridable. One slight dismount required due to low tree branch. Starts as narrow swoopy singletrack descent, then gets really steep. Mostly hardpack, some loose and rocky spots. Flattens out at the bottom

Recommended Route:
Optional technical singletrack drop South into upper Sullivan canyon from dirt Mullholland, 100 yds East of Sullivan fire rd / dirt Mullholland junction. Drops down petroleum pipeline route. Red & white 'Restricted Access' (fire dept) sign and 3' metal post at entrance to singletrack on S. side of Mullholland. Connects to Sullivan Cyn fire rd approx 1 mile below the Sullivan Ridge fire rd junction, at the 180 degree corner with the cement water crossing (dry).



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Review Date
October 15, 1999

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Hedgehog , from Tarzana

Summary:
Auuughh! Bad news kids. L.A. County Fire Dept. cut a new fire break between the top of Reseda and the Caballaro trail (due to a recent fire). Oh, but that's not the bad news. The bad news is, the bulldozers went in through upper Caballaro. As of Wednesday, everything from above the lower creek bed up to Dirt Mulhuland is a moondust freeway. It sucks! What was rocky singletrack and rutted overgrown dbltrack is now powder and wider than two cars for about a mile. I think I'm gonna cry.

Recommended Route:
same as usual

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Backbone's still cool (knock on wood).



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Review Date
April 25, 1999

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Lenny , from Redondo

Summary:
I road there on April 24th and found that the Canyon has now been graded all the way to top where Sullivan Cyn connects to Sullivan Ridge. Not much of a challenge now, and a lot easier to come back up this way.

Recommended Route:
I follow Sunset to Mandeville Cyn, take Mandeville to Westridge. Westridge is paved and goes up a mile or so on. At Bayless, you can park in that area and mount your bike. Taking Westridge up about a 1 mile climb (still on paved residential stree, but a good warm up). You reach the fire road at the top. Take the fire road. From that point it's about 4 miles to the top where there is a real bathroom and rest area. Heading out to Mulholland taking a left. Follow the road until you reach Sullivan Ridge. Taking Sullivan Ridge about a mile to the Sullivan Cyn cutoff. At the end of Sullican Cyn there is a paved stree that climbs out of the canyon. This takes you to Bayless follow around to your right back toward Westridge.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Topanga State Park



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Review Date
February 4, 1999

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Hedgehog , from the valley

Summary:
I checked the trail during the last week of January 1999 and it has become a little boring on the Sullivan side. The gas company that owns Sullivan Cyn recently buldozed the creekbed from top to bottom. This changed it from an erroded singletrack wandering through the creekbed into a wide fireroad. El Nino's flooding carved out a great trail last winter. The fireroad is just not the same. (sigh)

Recommended Route:
same

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Will Roger's backbone singletrack



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