Explore the most popular trails in Sullivan Canyon Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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Counterclockwise would have been better, especially if you have a dog. Short scramble up towards Mandeville Canyon that is a little overgrown with grasses. Start early to cover Mandeville canyon (no shade) then end up down Sullivan Canyon that has more shade. Would do again but with some bug spray!

The trail wasn’t bad, but there were pegs all along the trail that just seemed like there was a greater likelihood of injury. The trail was also partially shaded, which was nice.

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no shade
13 days ago

Went at 2pm on a Sunday, not terrible but wish it was a bit more covered. Really pretty views, tired my dog out but he got so so many burrs and foxtails in his paws, pretty dry out there right now

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no shade
rocky
23 days ago

Slow climb up, quick run down. I went at sunrise, so it wasn’t as hot. No ocean views and the city views were nice. There weren’t as many bugs out right now.

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no shade
off trail
26 days ago

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no shade
28 days ago

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no shade
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

This was actually submitted as Mandeville Spurs, Sullivan Canyon Loop. Starting at the trail head, go to the right and up to the ridge, West Mandeville ridge trail. When the ridge trail meets the Fire road, take the trail going East, dropping down into a canyon, crossing it, then heading up to another ridge going North. This, too, has been called West Mandeville ridge trail, although this spur ridge should probably have a unique name. The trail then joins the main Mandeville ridge. Here, hang a left and head South on the Mandeville Ridge Trail until it joins the Mandeville Fire road. Continue South on the fire road. In about 0.4 miles you'll see a trail. Head down toward Sullivan Canyon, Claire Spur. If you meet up with the ridge trail, you went too far. Claire spur gets really steep in sections and there was loose dirt. If you don't have poles, be prepared to...slide. When you get to, aromatic, Sullivan Canyon, take a left, headed South. About 0.3 miles later there was a sign about Habitat Restoration Area. There are two tails leaving Sullivan Canyon road here. One heads up the other side of the canyon to Sullivan Ridge. The other, going back to the ridge you came from. This has been called Westridge spur trail. This has some steep and loose dirt parts, but did not seem as bad as the Claire trail. Perhaps cause I was asending. This takes you back to the Mandeville Fire road where you take a right and get back to the trail head. I calculated the loop to be around 4.4 miles. Before I turned up the Westridge spur trail, I did an out and back to the South end of the Sullivan Canyon trail which was about a little over a mile rt.

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no shade
1 month ago

Moderate level, primarily up-hill hike (down-hill in return). Beautiful for 1-2 times, but I won’t be returning. Scenery is all hills with some views of the city (barely any ocean, though that wasn’t expected). There is no shade (at all) and the heat is definitely felt as you continue up the hills. Do not recommend it for dogs at all, unless at a very early hour with morning fog. Disliked there is no cell signal — Specially worrisome for cycling accidents or heat-exhaustion. The trail is amazing for cycling though. However, as a hiker, I didn’t like the trail has many fast turns and blind spots, which can increase the risk of accidents for cyclists, hikers, and dogs. Overall, won’t be returning. Lack of cell service and shade are major no-nos for me.

Very very hot

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bugs
1 month ago

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bugs
no shade
2 months ago

Phone read 7.44m in 1:37:51 with 1131 ft of gain. Fire road the entire way to the top. Top has a cool overlook that used to be part of some sort of Cold War era missile defense system. If you go early the majority of the hike will be shaded, if you do not there will be zero shade.

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bugs
no shade
2 months ago

Overall moderate leveled hike. I took the old fire road to the top of San Vicente Mountain and it was a decent climb there with some incline on the way back. However, please DO NOT bring your dogs unless you are going early (think 7 am) or evening (after 5 pm) when it is cooler. There is absolutely no shade the entire trip. Today I saw dogs being carried down, crying, just stopping and laying down because it was too hot for them. I repeat, there is NO SHADE.

Just a fire road. Didn’t love the views. Meh.

hiking
bugs
no shade
2 months ago

Although it was 74, the ground got so hot for our Beagle’s paws that we had to carry him back down. We parked easily at 1pm and it is a mild elevation up hill with some mountain bikers around. We got a lovely cool ocean breeze, which definitely prevented us from realizing that our poor dog was struggling on the burning dusty ground :-/ A good hike otherwise and would do again after we’ve bought some dog booties!

Great trail for running, but going counter-clockwise as planned is very steep. I would advise going clockwise. Other than that though, its a great trail which is nice and wide for most of it.

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bugs
no shade
3 months ago

One of my favorite easy go-to’s. Always find parking right at the base, and the views on a clear day are great. Watch out for some disgruntled bikers who don’t yell or use bells to tell you they’re coming, just get mad when you don’t hear them. No shade- bring a hat. And maybe don’t bring your huskies or dark furred dogs in the middle of July (I hate those people).

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no shade
rocky
3 months ago

I wasn’t hiking there but running. All I can say its a good trail to run, but the parking is almost non existed. A restroom is only on top of the hill close to the Nike Missile Site. Nothing at the bottom. Sure its a nature, but you have been warned.

hiking
3 months ago

I recommend only for cyclists and walk to dogs.

hiking
3 months ago

Phone read 9.88m in 2:22:37 with 1226ft of gain. Elevation gain is so mild you can hardly tell you are going uphill until the final mile where steepness increases. Trail is an extremely docile fire road for the entire length. It is shaded for the vast majority of the trip with decent vegetation the whole way.

hiking
3 months ago

it was a beautiful canyon but has been severly bulldozed, unfortunately. there is a fire road that runs the length of the canyon. portions of the original singletrack have been preserved but not uninterrupted so it's a mix of fire road and singletrack. it's a tough workout for a trail run. I won't go back because I'm too disappointed they bulldozed the canyon.

running
3 months ago

One of the best LA area trails. Unlike other LA area trails, you can actually find parking along the residential streets. If you start at the bottom, it is uphill just about the entil lenghth of the trail. It's about four miles one-way to the top where you will see the cold war era missile defense that protected LA and the surrounding basin throughout the Cold War. Needless to say, the views of Malibu, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Will Rodgers Beach and the Pacific Ocean are spectacular. There are lots of wildflowers you will encounter so it's a pretty trail. There are actually two primary trails you can take...the easier fire road or the.much steeper mountain bike trail which offers unparalleled views of the area. For those who like "celebrity spotting" this is your trail. Many celebrities live in the area and like to hike it because they are pretty much anonymous out on the trail. For the trail runners out there, I recommend using a hydration pack since there is no shade out on the trail and it does get warm.There is a working water fountain at the top by the old missile silo to fill back up. This is a great workout for training runs.

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