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Sullivan Canyon - Brentwood Trailhead - #SullivanCanyon
Sullivan Canyon - Brentwood - Los Angeles County - #SullivanCanyon
Sullivan Canyon is accessed a follows. Sunset Blvd. west from 405 Frwy. Right on Mandeville Canyon Rd. , Left on Westridge, Left on Bayliss, take second left. This road should be extremely short and end in a wooden gate across the road. The trail is accessed by walking (or riding) past this gate.
Parking is also a bit of a problem. Parking is restricted during practical riding hours for about a block away. Beyond this parking is allowed. The reason for this restriction is that neighbors complained of unruly Mtn. Bikers. Trash, urine, and other disruptions on their front lawns were not tolerated....wonder why.
The trail is quite literally an access road for the Ca. Gas Co. It gets overgrown, and washed by the rains that in a year or so after being rebuilt, it turns into a practical single track. About 3 years ago before the big rains, it was an awesome trail. It was reviewed highly in Mtn. Bike mags. It is still cool today, but in a few weeks it will be almost like a fire road, with a few single track cutoffs along the way. Thomas Guide page 631
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#111
canyon open - the canyon is very flat now but there are some side single trac that makes it very nice to ride, to make it even more fun start the decend from mulhlland like 100 feet before you reach sallivan fire road , youll see a yellow post and the trail starts have fun oh yeah be ready for some crazy decend
a 41 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a stumpjumper from la
Posted on 02/18/11 Alert moderators of this post
#110
It's open again....and different - The Gas Co has opened the trail again. It's now very different--the trail diverges in a number of spots and is generally much wider and flatter. There are also pavers in what used to be difficult sections. These are problematic as if you hit them laterally they can snag a front tire and pitch you. Hit them at an angle and you're good though. Still lovely and shaded, still conveniently located, but far less interesting and less challenging.
priapism a 36 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Kona
Posted on 01/25/11 Alert moderators of this post
#109
Sullivan canyon single track - The Gas Co. is not done destroying the trail. Still closed.
Ron a 50 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Kona from West LA
Posted on 10/27/10 Alert moderators of this post
#108
Sully Cyn closed 28 Aug 2010 - Dropped down into the canyon from the feeder trail on Sullivan Ridge fire road. 1/4 of a mile up we came across a Gas Co. crew who told us the entire canyon was closed and we would have to turn back. So back up the feeder trail, we call it The Luge, and we took Sullivan Ridge fire road to dirt Mulholland. Where the two meet there were security gaurds who said the entire canyon will be closed until November. No signs on the feeder trail, hike-a-bike up the luge was a drag.
JerryBOMB a 57 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a GF Superfly 100 from Simi Valley
Posted on 08/28/10 Alert moderators of this post
#107
practically paved - I rode this a few days ago. So much slower than it used to be. Talked to a guy thats been trying to add some jumps and fun stuff, but a few miles into it ( I started at the bottom) the gas company has turned the trail into a road! Making it even more lame than they made it in october. I turned around after a few hundred yards, so I don't know how far up it goes, but this trail is just not worth it anymore.
obmonger a 41 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a Heckler from H-wood
Posted on 06/06/10 Alert moderators of this post
#106
Sullivan Canyon - I rode up Sullivan Canyon last Monday. The Gas Co. is working on the trail again and they closed the trail about 3.5 miles from the bottom. Just when it was getting good.
Ron a 50 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a Blue Cross bike from West LA
Posted on 06/05/10 Alert moderators of this post
#105
Nature takes back Sullivan Cyn - The truck road is essentially impassable now. At the bottom of Queensferry, the creek has cut a channel two feet deep. The stream is running along and across the road for the length of the canyon, cutting deep ruts. About halfway up a landslide has left just enough room to ride across. Farther up there's a fallen tree blocking the road, it looks like riders are blazing a path on either side but it's still pretty rough and there's a lot of brush.

It's nowhere near what it used to be, but it's a hell of a lot more challenging than a couple months ago and there are plenty of water splashes right now.
chromaton a 47 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Giant Rincon from Inglewood
Posted on 02/17/10 Alert moderators of this post


#104
Sullivan Canyon - I rode up and down Sullivan this morning. The single track is gone! The trail is now a wide smooth dirt road all the way to the top with concrete stream crossings, which are 12"X12" concrete blocks linked together with poly rope to resemble a huge keyboard. Overall, it is not any worse than what the gas Co. has done in the past; nothing a few storms couldn't fix. There's still a few bits of the single track here and there and it is still nice and shady. The swing is still there.
Ron a 49 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Old GT Hardtail from West LA
Posted on 11/15/09 Alert moderators of this post
#103
Sullivan canyon opening delayed - Was riding westridge again last saturday. Ran into other local riders in the know who said sullivan won't likey be reopened until more like December.
Bad news.
Dusty Shoes a 40 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Jekyll from Sherman oaks
Posted on 09/28/09 Alert moderators of this post
#102
Gas Co. Giving us the "gas" - From Mullholand access to sullivan canyon closed due to So cal gas co pipeline repairs throughout the canyon. They had a Bobcat tractor down there supposedly destoying all the singletrack. The rent-a-cop at the top said access to sullivan would be closed until at least october.
Dusty Shoes a 40 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Jekyll from Sherman Oaks
Posted on 09/22/09 Alert moderators of this post
#101
fun trail/single track. - Rode up the fire road and came down the "single track". Very fun, the single track had a little bit of everything. rock garden, technical areas, smooth straight path, a fun in good shape trail. Watch for hikers and cyclist coming up!!!
BigBlue a 34 year old
Posted on 03/21/09 Alert moderators of this post
#100
Perfect Conditions - Rode up the fire road and down Sullivan. Trail was in great condition after the rains and the weather was also good. Could see Catalina and downtown without any smog-rare as we all know. Nice loop
los5 riding a SC Heckler from Montebello-LA and beyond
Posted on 12/29/08 Alert moderators of this post
#99
Well, rode this last Sunday, lots of survey markers around, no clear word when the work will start, but right now the trail is in perfect condition. Ride it while you can. Could get torn up in a few months or a week for all we know.
maxtheheathen a 24 year old
Posted on 12/06/08 Alert moderators of this post
#98
The latest according to MBU patrol last week:

" Met a couple Gas Company employees on our MBU Patrol today, their boss (Over gang that is repairing pipe in Sullivan Canyon) is Ron Silver. The crew run some sensors down the inside of the gas the pipe, found three sections that show corrosion and need to be repaired. They are grading a dirt road from the bottom to bring in vehicles to do the repairs. After they have gone, the first good rain storm will revert the canyon back somewhat the way it was......... "

Someone also said that while all this is happening Sullivan is going to be closed to the hikers, horses and bikes - safety reason.

This is not a rumor. This is going to happen. How soon? Watch for crews, signs, etc. Enjoy the trail now while is still good
Posted on 09/24/08 Alert moderators of this post


#97
Sullivan Canyon 12/22/07 - Our group of four started at Reseda to the Hub, down Backbone, up Sullivan Canyon and back to Reseda. We had a 25 mile loop with clear views of the ocean and the lushness of tree cover in the canyon. Sully trail conditions were great, slightly damp following the rain with lots of big maple leaves on the canyon floor. Only one or two tiny spots with puddles and no water crossings. Get out and ride! Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday's to all.
Jerry Ventura Co BOMB a 54 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Sugar Team Race from Simi Valley
Posted on 12/22/07 Alert moderators of this post
#96
tis the season.. - to bust out the lights and get your night riding on. Went up and down sully last night. A few new trees downed near the bottom but the trail is as good as ever.


Dirtshark99
Posted on 09/19/07 Alert moderators of this post


#95
Sullivan Ridge / Sullivan Canyon - Great short ride. The ride up the ridge is slightly grueling but if you explore a little of the singletracks on the way up to Sullivan Canyon, it adds a bit of fun.

Sullivan Canyon is a neat trail but a little short. Trail is in pretty good condition. I didn't feel like it was a particularly difficult trail. Rocky with a couple drops with nice twists and turns. A few creek crossings and the nice shade added to the ride. This is quite a popular trail though with hikers and bikers so you'll need to watch out on the descent. The beginning descent off of Sullivan Ridge is quite memorable as it is fast, twisty and a solid challenge for a strong beginner / beginner intermediate. Parked on a street off of Sunset Blvd and was about a 13.5 mile ride in total back to the car.

I think it would be a challenging ride back up. Will hvae to try next time.
Anonymous a 21 year old Downhiller riding a '05 Stumpjumper HT
Posted on 12/03/05 Alert moderators of this post


#94
Westridge-Mulli-Sulli Loop - Rode the loop for the first time recently, and I must say I was impressed. Rode up Westrige road through the neighborhood (that last section of pavement is *&#%@$# steep!). Fire road in good shape, epic views due to Santa Ana winds...saw Santa Ana mountains in Orange County, downtown, Palos Verdes, and Catalina on the way up, and the Valley from the Nike missile site. Pedaled down Mullholland and Sullivan Ridge to the canyon turnoff. Sweet, technical singletrack down the canyon with plenty of opportunities to improve my technical game. Nice creek crossings, washouts, twisty trail and a huck or two made the track memorable. Perfect loop for everyday riding if you live in the area, but if you're making a trip to get here, definitely check out Sullivan Ridge-Mullholland-Temescal-Backbone loop...sweet!
The Flying M a Cross-Country Rider riding a Trek Fuel from Los Angeles
Posted on 11/01/05 Alert moderators of this post
#93
Just in time for fall... - I used to ride this about 3-4 times a weeks before our winter monsoons...in Feb, I rode down from Sully ridge and wished I had a Kayak.

At that point, I decided to ride it once a month to see if the trail would evolve into a trail again.

It has. It's not the same...as other recent posts have stated...but this trail has been wiped out by rain in the past and over time it always finds a way back.

I rode up to Mully and back down this afternoon...not nearly as many Hike-a-bike sections. It's definitely back ON!

The timing couldn't be better either as anyone who rides this trail will agree...Fall in Sullivan Canyon is absolutely beautiful.

(who says LA doesn't have a Fall)
Surfbu a 35 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Trek Fuel 100 from California
Posted on 09/06/05 Alert moderators of this post


#92
keeps getting better - rode down then back up sully last night. There's a new tree down about a mile from the bottom. You'll have to dismount to get under this one. Other than that, the trail just rocks! Kickin' downhill and a fun climb out with a nice stinger to get you out of the cyn.


Dirtshark a 43 year old riding a Landshark / Yeti Koko
Posted on 09/01/05 Alert moderators of this post


#91
Thanks... - Thanks monky I will check these out tomarrow if it's not another superhot Thanks agiain for the tips.
Dusty Joints a 37 year old Weekend Warrior
Posted on 07/24/05 Alert moderators of this post
#90
Dusty Joints... - you might like the Lower Arroyo Seco trail that starts near JPL- it's shady and has some water crossings. Also, Sycamore Canyon at Pt. Mugu State Park tends to be cooler since it starts at the ocean. There are loads of great rides at Pt. Mugu State Park.

good luck.

-Monkey
MonkeyDigsMTB a 30 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Stumpy
Posted on 07/18/05 Alert moderators of this post


#89
Need more like Sully - Rode Sullivan Canyon again yesterday with a buddy and still love this ride. Anyone know other trails similar to this shady serpentine creek crossing singtrack trail? Fireroads althogh good for conditioning and tanning seem a little hot and dusty in the 90's and these canyon tracksre fun for me right now. So If I like sullivan canyon I'll probally love what other trails???? any suggestions Thanks in advance
Dusty Joints a 37 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Mongoose with a blower from Los Angeles
Posted on 07/18/05 Alert moderators of this post
#88
Need more like Sully - Rode Sullivan Canyon again yesterday with a buddy and still love this ride. Anyone know other trails similar to this shady serpentine creek crossing singtrack trail? Fireroads althogh good for conditioning and tanning seem a little hot and dusty in the 90's and these canyon tracksre fun for me right now. So If I like sullivan canyon I'll probally love what other trails???? any suggestions Thanks in advance
Dusty Joints a 37 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Mongoose with a blower from Los Angeles
Posted on 07/18/05 Alert moderators of this post
#87
Great Ride - Went out for a sunday afternoon ride and wanted to avoid the blazing santa monica mountain fireroads so I came to my favorite website ,being a newbie, ageing, stoner,and saw a picture of sullivan canyon posted here. the picture did'nt do it justice. It's a 85% shaded, mostly level, beautiful cruse throgh the canyon. There were some tricky spots that required me to get off the bike, but I used these as excuses to take a breather and further my horticulture studies.(Those who read my Bio will understand). This lush green winding path was great and all the streams kept me feet cool and my bike muddy. thanks for the great tips on this trail that I read here.
Dusty Joints a 37 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Mongoose from LA E-mail:this user
Posted on 07/10/05 Alert moderators of this post
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