Pretty trail. I’ve only done the start but plan to dig in further.

mountain biking
20 days ago

Parking is sparse in neighborhood with lots of no parking signs. Trailhead is at big wooden gate; go around it on left side.
Trail is a gradual, consistent uphill for first 3.75 miles (advanced beginner level). Then 0.5 miles of more steep trail to get to the fire road that leads to the ridge. Overall, lots of gravel makes the trail harder to pedal but is do-able. Canyon is woodsy and I was in shade at noon almost the whole time. This portion of trial: 4.25 miles, 950 ft elevation gain.

Creds /stats: AllTrails Pro. 17.2 mi. 3114’ El Gain. Moving time 7hrs 26 minutes. 3 liters water. Breakfast, snacks, and lunch.

Started 8:am, Friday 14 Dec 2018. Went / recommend Counter clockwise. Beautifully overcast so no direct sun entire hike.

Went up exposed Sullivan Ridge Trail. Began with Scramble about 20’ up to get to ridge trail. Then at 6.8 mi in, butte sliding descent for 200 to 300’ per AllTrails and turned out that part of trail closed per sign at bottom. Alternative path to go around that section shown on map. About 8 mi in, about 100’ scramble up to get to ridge per AllTrails. Skipped and went around. 9.9 mi in Trail marked as closed. Doable but can go to next trail marked as ‘Backbone trail ‘ as work around. Took J drop down to Will Rogers Trail that runs along ‘creek’. Note the stairs.

In Rustic Canyon - Will Rogers Trail takes you to Natzi’s built secret hideout during World War 2 with hopes of overtaking LA when Germany won WWII (not!) ( recommend Secret Stairs of LA book - lots of great history walks around LA)

Great lunch spot at The Hubb / Cathedral Rock, marked as way point on my map.

My photos show scramble sections, closed signs, and incredible views.

Views were incredible, from snow covered Mt Baldy to Catalina.

Traffic was very light.

Definitely would do again as long as overcast.

hiking
6 months ago

There was a short, very steep elevation gain. After that, the rest of the trail has very little elevation. There were lots of bikers!!

mountain biking
6 months ago

A solid climb to the top will make you work especially near the top. Keep an eye out for single track of the side or the road on the way down.

Great hike.
Started 8:am Saturday since only 64F; overcast. Went counter clockwise. First 1.3 mi very steep and think difficult to run down if went clockwise. Like to get elevation gain over with in beginning. Picnic tables around mid point. Last 4 mi ish in mostly tree canopy. Trail perfect for running down hill. Lots of friendly women and men on trail. Trail out of Brentwood. Moderate traffic on Saturday. No snakes or lions.
BEWARE of hidden ‘no parking’ signs.

hiking
9 months ago

We went on this trail around 11am .. nice and wide but not enough shade for furry friends. Lots of bugs and dog poop that irresponsible owners didn’t pick up after their dogs. Lots of gravel and speeding cyclists speeding down the hill. We
did see a rattlesnake crossing the path ..
Would I go back, prob not.

Nice flat trail (until the very end), good for trail running. Mostly gravel and very even. Lovely shade trees and some pretty wildflowers in April. Saw a small rattlesnake slither off sunny spot on path as I approached, so I’d keep dogs on leash. Entrance is pretty obvious, around wood gate (there is a path on left) and down the hill.

hiking
Sunday, January 07, 2018

This hike gives your three distinct environments. Upper Hectic is an amazing hike on it's own with great views and a beautiful payoff at Mulholland with views of both the San Fernando Valley and the West side. Sullivan Ridge is surrounded on all sides by mountains and has sweeping ocean views. Sullivan Canyon is a canopy covered forest type feel with a steady but manageable incline. (Lower Hectic gets you home quickly....a better descent than Upper Hectic.)

Saturday, December 30, 2017

No access through the directions, took us to a giant wooden gate. We took Old Ranch Road

hiking
Sunday, November 05, 2017

Interesting trail... a few years ago my dog found a deer leg here... yesterday we were hiking around 3pm and I spotted a mountain lion that was slightly bigger than my Weimaraner. Now I know who eats those deer....

mountain biking
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Trail was nice but our poor dog picked up about 15 ticks :(

hiking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

so nice! nice shady trail with a small stream running next to it at times. took my dog on a Saturday and it wasn't busy at all!

hiking
Monday, April 17, 2017

I'd give Sullivan Canyon 3.5 stars. For being so close to Santa Monica / West LA, it's a great distance and easily accessible. Also a big plus that dogs are allowed, albeit they must be on leash (although this is not strictly enforced).

The prettiest areas are closest to the South trailhead, and it's a nice, gradual climb. As other reviewers mentioned, it gets a bit boring after 2-3 miles. Lots of mountain bikers, and relatively shaded on and off.

hiking
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Although there was some beautiful scenery and the trail offered a good moderate hike it got boring after 3 miles. The flies on this trail were extremely annoying. The minute we stopped a swarm of flies would surround us. To get to the parking lot was a bit difficult as you have to drive about a 1/4 mile down a dirt road with large potholes. I wouldn't do this hike it again.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Easy access from the west side.

mountain biking
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Great trail for mountain bikers with a beginner-level bike!

hiking
Monday, July 18, 2016

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

hiking
Sunday, June 19, 2016

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
Sunday, May 01, 2016

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.

hiking
Monday, February 01, 2016

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.

hiking
Sunday, July 05, 2015

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.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

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
Saturday, November 15, 2014

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!!

Sunday, November 02, 2014

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

Saturday, July 19, 2014

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

Monday, April 14, 2014

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
Monday, March 31, 2014

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
Saturday, January 04, 2014

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.

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