Sullivan Canyon Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,518' 463 m
Descent: -1,488' -453 m
High: 1,920' 585 m
Low: 609' 186 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 37% (20°)
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“Run through Sullivan Canyon and along ridge lines just above Santa Monica.”— John McKinney
The trail will slowly gain elevation as it moves up the canyon over the next couple of miles. Then, once you're 3.5 miles into the trail, the path will turn toward the northwest to go up a side canyon that's smaller than Sullivan Canyon. The trail then becomes significantly steeper as it climbs up the hillside. After this ascent, you'll reach a juncture with the Sullivan Fire Road.
At this point the Sullivan Canyon Trail comes to an end and you turn right to join up with the Sullivan Fire Road. After 4/10 of a mile of gentle climbing, you'll reach Mulholland Drive. Take a right to follow the dirt path of Mulholland Drive east for 1.2 miles, at which point you'll reach San Vincente Mountain Park.
San Vincente Mountain Park boasts spectacular views of the surrounding area, as does the remainder of the run. When ready, follow the Westridge Fire Road downhill to the south for roughly 3.6 miles and you'll reach a small parking area for the Westridge Trailhead. From this trailhead, you can follow the paved Westridge Road for 1/2 of a mile until you reach Bayliss Road, and then follow Bayliss Road for another 1/2 mile to Queensferry Road, which brings you back to the original trailhead of the Sullivan Canyon Trail, thus ending the run.
Thanks to John McKinney, The Trailmaster, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about trails in California, check out his guides at The Trailmaster Store.
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