Sullivan Canyon Trail

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Sullivan Canyon Trail is a 9.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pacific Palisades, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

9.5 miles 1250 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

Free street parking

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great walk with my dog. Narrow road for all bikers. Love the shade from all the trees.

hiking
3 months ago

A very straight forward trail and I do mean that literally as well as figuratively. It gets kinda boring because the first 3 or so miles in from the trailhead doesn't have much variation - you're walking on a gentle incline on a very straight and wide dirt/gravel path the whole time and it's not until right before the first 3 way junction to the Sullivan Ridge trail where the terrain and hiking becomes more interesting and challenging. The shade is nice but it's not so shady as say either of the Temescal Ridge, Rivas Canyon or Hondo Canyon trails. We added the walk up to Dirt Mulholland just to get some additional miles in - AllTrails says 10.1 miles out and back, where my Fitbit GPS says 10.49 instead. The smell of the clay/gravel and maybe the gas pipeline that follows you on the entire trail isn't particularly nice either - maybe it's just me but it kinda smelled metallic or dusty. Also lots of bugs which isn't a problem if you don't forget the insect repellant, but we did. Also as of today (June 2016) there was huge tree that had fallen down and landed right across the path. Mountain bikers and hikers alike had to stop and scramble over it whilst trying to avoid the poison oak and copious bugs. Also if mountain bikers aren't your thing, would suggest avoiding - this trail is so wide and relatively steady that it attracts bikers, some of whom obnoxiously tear down the path, leaving a wake of dust behind them even though there are bikers around. Maybe better for trail runners but as a hiker that enjoys varied terrain and different things to look at, this is one of the lesser trails to do. Glad I did it but don't feel the need to do it again anytime soon.

hiking
4 months ago

Lovely easy and quiet afternoon walk - went by public transport and walked up Old Ranch Road taking little horse trail off to right of road near end to reach the Canyon path (if you get to big gate at end you have gone too far). Then back by Sullivan Fire Road and Capri to Sunset. Bus 2 both ways. 4 hours from Sunset.

7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

It was a really nIce hIke, it was really exciting because I didn't, in a great day I check it with my phone by my phone got wet, so so I repair I will post some pictures, I thought I was the only one doing in the rain but there were a lot of people, it's quite nice trail.

camping
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Very nice easy to moderate walk through a canyon. Pretty gentle . Parking is not great. The streets around the trailhead are residential and have various areas marked "No Parking 7am to 7pm" so you have to pay attention to the sigs. We crossed many more mountain bikers than hikers on the path. The hiking path is well defined and easy to follow.

Very cool view overlooking Santa Monica and the city on one side and Sherman oaks/the valley on the other. Easy to moderate hike.

mountain biking
1 year ago

This is a gorgeous, shaded and easy mountain bike trail. Huge Sycamores line the path all the way, interspersed with huge old oaks. It is a gentle up hill climb until the end when it gets sharper up hill, and a fun down hill all the way back. Paradise found!!

1 year ago

I came to a big gate that was blocked off as well. I ended up going onto Mandeville.

2 years ago

Closed off by a huge gate??? Am I at the wrong entrance???

2 years ago

Overall it was a beautiful hike, lots of greenery and wildflowers, perfect for spring. It was not strenuous, more like a nice stroll through the woods. Sadly didn't see too many wild creatures except for the palisades parrots and a California quail. The path is very dog and bike friendly. It was a nice break from the crowds at temescal canyon.

hiking
2 years ago

Easy hike, though long. It's a very shaded canyon trail so probably good in the summer time. I went in the morning before work though (early November) and it was probably mid 40s the entire time. Because it was so early on a weekday (and cold) there was no one else on the trail besides my friend and me. It was kind of boring most of the way because there was no elevation gain and the same views over and over... until we got almost to our turn around point, heard a LOUD growl from the bushes up ahead and saw a flock of birds fly up out of it. It sounded like a motorcycle starting, but we knew it was a mountain lion. We couldn't see where it was because of all the shrubbery and bushes so we just turned around and hightailed it back. It took us half the time to get back than it did to get to that part because we were pretty alarmed.

hiking
2 years ago

By far one of the better hiking trails in the area. Lots of big trees provide plenty of shade and a wide path for the most part. In general it's a fairly flat hike other than the initial hill which is tough at the end of your hike. Perfect for dogs however would definitely keep them leashes even for the most well behaved pet. I've seen snakes several times and with this being a popular trail for mountain bikers you could get run over easily if not paying attention.

hiking
2 years ago

The instructions to get to the trail head are not correct. Park at the top of Capri St and walk up to the path.

mountain biking
2 years ago

best loveliest non technical mtn bike tall on west side
perfect!

walking
2 years ago

This was a very lovely trail, the lightning is almost dream like, I was there with my two dogs and they loved it, it was a bit solitary maybe saw 5 people in 45-hour,
There are wild animals there apparently , since I did see a half eaten deer leg on the trail, but I was assured by a nice gentleman who is a regular to the trail that it is perfectly safe. After my freak out I relaxed into the surroundings and had a great walk.

trail running
3 years ago

Decent out and back hike. I started at San Vicente Mountain Park and came out on the Sullivan Canyon Trail. The "trail" is actually a gravel road which also makes for a mellow mountain bike trail. Dogs are allowed on leashes. I went on a weekday and saw only 4 other people my entire time in the canyon. Most of the trail is shaded so its suitable for warmer days. The road does cross a stream bed multiple times but it was dry when I went. Also, there were no wildflowers =( Must've been the wrong time of the year. Tread softly and you may sneak up on a deer or two though. Overall nothing spectacular but it makes for a nice escape to (or from in my case) the mountains from the Brentwood/Pacific Palisades area.

hiking
3 years ago

This is a great trail - but as Pierre mentions below the entrance for biking is off Mandeville/Queensferry - the single dirt trail from Queensferry to Old Ranch Road (private residential area) is for hikers and horses ONLY. This trail is NOT FOR BIKING....there are hikers and horses on this small trail and bikes are not supposed to be on this part of the trail. I have been encountering more and more and they are not respectful of the horses - they make this trail quite dangerous for the rest of us when using a trail that is not specified for bikes.