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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For trail runners, I would strongly suggest running counter clockwise, otherwise there is a mile long scramble about 8 miles in that is too washed out and steep to do anything but hike down. Rest of the trail is very open and well maintained. If you want some more incline take the trail that runs parallel on the East side as it rolls up and down with the edge of the mountain. Rest station about half way through with water and bathrooms.

hiking
11 days ago

Decent trail with a cool view at the end. You can see all of LA. The entire thing is a service road so it is easy to navigate. Easy-moderate hike.

Recommend for the cooler part of the year as there is no shade on the ridge. I hiked further to the Mt park on the other side, west on the fire road, and came back via the walk in the valley, before climbing back out onto the ridge—this is the most challenging portion of the hike as it was really a straight shot up from the canyon. I followed most of this, just longer to be 9.5 miles total. Lovely views of the ocean to begin then the city and mountains.

hiking
18 days ago

One of my favorite hikes thus far! Perfect for hiking or mountain biking. COVERAGE - Partial covering which is very nice so you don't get direct sun. SCENERY - Beautiful scenery throughout the hike and when you get to the top you get a great city view. DIFFICULTY/GRADE - For the hike, the elevation increase is gradual until midway through before it increases significantly. A semi-challenging hike but still very enjoyable. TRAIL - The trail/path is wide and clear, however recommend shoes with ankle support (lots of rocks/loose gravel). DOGS - Dogs are allowed on a leash; make sure to bring poops bags. FYI - no poop disposal trash cans onsite, so bring a trash bag or something to carry poop bags in until you get to a trash can after your hike. Thanks in advance for picking up after your dog(s).

Easy hike. Nice little workout

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no shade
19 days ago

Loved this hike. Beautiful mountain and ocean views. Definite repeat

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rocky
scramble
25 days ago

It was much tougher than I thought it would be. Some very nice views and some very steep sections.

So many dogs! All friendly / off leash. A good winter option.

hiking
1 month ago

What’s not to like! Nature in LA.

mountain biking
muddy
rocky
washed out
1 month ago

Absolutely gutted when I went for a ride on my favorite trails only to see that it's all been bulldozed. I don't see a single reason how this would have prevented fire from jumping, nor do I understand why they had to bulldoze every.... single... section... Even that short little trail off to the west of the fire road that you can catch air on after that big downhill from the tree at the top... Gone.

hiking
1 month ago

Amanda and Matt last-minute Sunday morning hike, we couldn’t find the turn off to the Loop I had a great out and back

hiking
2 months ago

Sections of the ridge have recently been flattened into a firebreak as a result of the Getty Fire, but the view is still picturesque! I cut my hike about 2 miles short because it was getting too close to sunset and I didn’t have a buddy or a flashlight but it was a fun trip!

Nice views. There's a paved road and a freshly dug fire road which is wider. Offers lots of ups and down for HIIT and soft ground. Lots of flies.

hiking
bugs
off trail
2 months ago

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.

hiking
no shade
3 months 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

A little crowded with bikers whizzing by but we are so lucky to have this beautiful hike in our backyard. One of the must do hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains.

running
no shade
rocky
4 months 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.

hiking
no shade
off trail
4 months ago

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

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bugs
4 months ago

An easy, basically flat fire road up a sycamore-shaded canyon. Since the views don't change much as you hike, just more of the same, we turned back so we could get to the car comfortably before 7pm, when no parking is allowed on the street. There are a few single track trails running parallel to the fire road, but only interesting on a MTB. Kind of dull hike, but at least it's well shaded.

hiking
no shade
rocky
4 months ago

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