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Sullivan Canyon to Sullivan Ridge Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (11) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Awesome loop that climbs up shaded Sullivan Canyon and then rips down Sullivan Ridge Trail


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Map Key

8.9

Miles

14.3

KM

35%

Singletrack

1,895' 578 m

High

616' 188 m

Low

1,440' 439 m

Up

1,438' 438 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

37%

Max Grade (20°)

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Overview

Nice shaded climb up the dirt service road in Sullivan Canyon. From the top, enjoy the fast singletrack and jumps on Sullivan Ridge Trail (which parallel's Sullivan Fire Road). Sullivan Fire Road is an easy alternative if the singletrack gets too rough. Great views of the Santa Monica Mountains (and ocean on a clear day).

Need to Know

Sullivan Ridge can be hot and very sunny.

Description

Start the loop at Sullivan Canyon Trailhead. Check the trees at the gate to see a flock of wild parrots. Climb steadily up the shaded dirt/gravel service road in Sullivan Canyon (Sullivan Canyon Trail) until you reach the intersection. Take a left at the intersection to continue climbing up Sullivan Canyon Trail until you reach the ridge line on Sullivan Fire Road. Here you'll have great views of Sullivan Canyon and the Santa Monica mountains.

Take a left onto Sullivan Fire Road to start your decent. After 0.2 miles, take a right onto the steep uphill singletrack (Sullivan Ridge Trail). Sullivan Fire Road will intersect with Sullivan Ridge Trail three more times, so alternatively you can jump onto the singletrack later on. Enjoy the epic singletrack and jumps as you decend on Sullivan Ridge Trail. The trail ends back on Sullivan Fire Road at the gated entrance to Josepho Road.

Take Sullivan Fire Road for 0.3 miles until you reach the intersection of Sullivan Goat Track (the trailhead is hidden behind wooden utility pole). Carefully decend the steep sandy switchbacks of Sullivan Goat Track until you meet Sullivan Canyon Trail.

Take a right onto Sullivan Canyon Trail and continue back to the trailhead where you started.

Contacts

Shared By:

Derek W

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 11 votes

#898

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  4.6 from 11 votes
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in California

#898

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Photos

Jump into the ocean!!
Dec 23, 2015 near Topanga, CA
2/18/17 - Riding after the heavy rains led to probably 50+ water crossings in 4 miles of climbing.
Feb 25, 2017 near Topanga, CA
Trying the new GoPro Hero4 Session on the Sullivan Canyon singletrack.
Dec 14, 2015 near Topanga, CA
BIG BERTHA!!!
Aug 31, 2015 near Topanga, CA
The double jump
Aug 31, 2015 near Topanga, CA
Sullivan Fire Road Trails.
Aug 29, 2016 near Topanga, CA

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Nov 5, 2021
Tom Asvold
Aug 24, 2021
Marc Mandel
The singletrack down the mountain is fast and fun with a bunch of jumps and drops. Some techy terrain but 90% manageable for the average rider. 9.4mi — 1h 30m
Jun 19, 2021
Marco Sulin
Jun 12, 2021
Jared Minami
8.9mi
May 2, 2021
Prakrit Uchiha
Apr 9, 2021
Jaime Castañeda
7.4mi — 1h 09m
Jan 1, 2021
Johnathan Zhu
squirrel cage was extremely loose and eroded at the top. gape sale was extremely eroded on the backside as well
Dec 28, 2020
Luis Garcia
10.4mi — 2h 00m