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Sullivan Canyon

Average Rating:    (3.67 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 12

just flat out goregous trail. not technical at all, just nice flowing single and double track fun! its a fairly popular trail both for walkers and riders so keep yer speed below mach 9. nothing at this point to warn of as the trail is in great shape, however you can see that there will be a few water crossings in the event of rain. the highlight for me of this ride is when yer down on the canyon floor, you'll forget yer in so cal! the trail is bordered by huge oak and maple(?) trees! when we rode last saturday a good portion of the trail was framed by orange leaves fromm all the surrounding trees! you cant beat that! so go rock this bad boy! beware its a nasty ride back up either sullivan or westridge fire roads, i'd almost say its easier to just ride back up the canyon trail the way you came down. oh well, have a good time and dont crash, i've been told that hurts.....
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Latitude
34.075056969511444
Longitude
-118.50999355316162
Trail Directions
From the valley side take Hayvenhurst south up into the mountains. at the point that it meets with mullholland and turns dirt, park(plenty of parking!). head up the fire road to the right till you get to the nike misle site(awesome views on a clear day!). continue straight on dirt mull. past the gate for about a half mile and the sullivan fire road will be on yer left, go through that gate! about another half mile down on yer left is the start of the singletrack, have fun! return on either westridge or sullivan fire roads or just go back up the singletrack!!!
Trail Length
12 or 15 the way i went...
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Sherman Oaks
Zip/Postal Code
91406
Country
USA
   


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Review Date
August 8, 2013

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Bill ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I see the reviews are pretty old, so I will do a quick review to update the trail conditions.
This is a still a beautiful trail with lots of mature trees making it feel like the east coast. The gas company has done a lot of work on the trail over the last couple years so the main trail down the center is more of a fire road through the trees. There has not been any water over the main trail recently. It seems they diverted the streams with concrete mats. While the main trail is not as fun as it once was, there is now a great network of single track trails through the woods on either side of the main trail. These trails are really fun with some cool drop offs, some trees to hop over and even a couple narrow wood bridges. These trails have really been evolving over the last year or so, and my hat goes off to whoever has been putting the work into grooming them. Going down they are all connected, oftentimes crossing the main trail. So much fun, especially at night. It does not feel like Southern California down there because it is so lush and green. Climbing back up to Sullivan Ridge is some work. Good riders can climb out in 35 or 40 minutes. I stick to the main trail climbing out. It doesn't get steep until like the last third of the ride, but when it gets steep it's a good climb.

Recommended Route:
I will usually start on Reseda at Caballero...climb up Cab to Mulholland...east on Mulholland for a couple of miles to the Sullivan Ridge gate... Head down Sullivan Ridge about half a mile to Sullivan Canyon on the left. NOTE: Along the ridge on the left before Sullivan Canyon there is a single track that goes up and down the hills parallel to the fire road. Much more interesting. There is also a single track off of Mulholland 30 years east of cab called Farmers. This is really nice and will cut out some of the Mulholland fire road up to Sullivan Ridge. The entire ride from Cab including down Sullivan Canyon and back up is only about 16 miles. For a longer ride sometimes I will start at the Topanga State Park entrance at Entrada off of Topanga Canyon. From there I climb to the Hub and go left on the fire road all the way to the top of Caballero and continue to Sullivan. That ride is 25 or 26 miles.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Will Rogers (Backbone), J-Drop, Squirrel Cage



Comments
svenson14 (08/31/2013)
Where is the trail head/parking for Sullivan Canyon/single track? And is there any way to update the map to match?
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Review Date
March 29, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: msglong1 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The trail is completely covered by the stream. Usually you just cross the stream 7 or 8 times and get a little wet during the winter, but I rode yesterday 3/28/11 and literally was pedaling down the canyon in the middle of the stream for 40% of the 5 miles because the stream has taken over the road (after the huge rain we had on 3/20). It was fun and interesting, but different and slower than normal. The stream just made a mockery of PG&E's work with the pavers. The pavers are working in parts but in other parts the stream washed away 3 feet worth of road.

Recommended Route:
Down the canyon, find as much single track as you can.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Backbone trail from Temescal Ridge to Will Rodgers is always great, and not crowded until you get to the oak tree.



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Review Date
January 24, 2011

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: Leonnolen ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I never knew the single track version, but I got to ride it last week, post flood. I guess is was fairly wet for a Socal trail but very ridable in that condition. Pavers are a little weird. I rode at night. Over all I enjoyed it on my SS.

Recommended Route:
Up Sullivan Canyon from Queensferry to Sullivan Ridge. Turn left on Sullivan Ridge and did the adjacent single track all the way along Sullivan Ridge to a paved road. Go left on the paved road and look for a steep single track dropping back to Sullivan Cyn.



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Review Date
July 18, 2010

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: toddohearn ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Just rode this on Friday and was stunned- it is only a shell of its former self. Someone, the county or gas company or whoever, absolutely destroyed what was once a jewel of a trail. All the old singletrack has been leveled into boring double track and there are several sections of strange concrete pavers/spacers that are actually dangerous to ride over because your wheels get caught between them. It was as if someone really did not want bikers in there because they took all the fun out of it. Very disappointing. I used to rate this a clear 5 and now a 2 is charitable.

Recommended Route:
Rode from Westridge fire road in Brentwood up to Nike tower and across dirt Mulholland then down Sullivan Canyon.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Cheseboro, Malibu Creek, Sycamore Canyon-Guadalasca



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Review Date
July 6, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: isilverman ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Flowy moderate pitch singletrack through shady canyon followed by relatively short steeper and rockier climb up to ridge. Not sure of the distance but it takes me about 40 minutes to climb going along at a decent clip in the middle chainring.

Can be as aerobically challenging as you want to make it going up but doesn't require exceptional fitness to enjoy. Strong riders will do the whole thing in the middle chainring.

It's not a technical descent but fun with good flow. You can get in trouble if you get don't keep a handle on your speed but traction is good and there are no huge obstacles that can't be ridden around. There are few small drops to flat but there are paths around them if you don't want to hit it. Ride in control and slow down before blind corners out of respect for other trail users.

Recommended Route:
I typically start at the bottom and ride this up and connect to Will Rogers/Backbone trail via dirt mulholland and temescal fire rd for a nice 20 mile loop that's probably 2/3 singletrack. And it's the only way that I've found to do a good chunk of your climbing in the Santa Monica Mtns. in the shade.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Will Rogers/Backbone and various singletracks that run along Sullivan Fire Road and dirt Mulholland. Backbone trail near Kanan Rd. is another good singletrack up the coast 15 miles.



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