4 miles
69 ft
-1,196 ft
Avg time

Sullivan Canyon Details

  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Dogs Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #18451 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 95 in Trail Running
    • 95 in Hiking

A beautiful downhill run that wends its way under the shade of sycamore trees and crosses running water in the spring. Sullivan Canyon is both a single track and a double wide path that goes from Queensferry Road up to Sullivan Ridge Fire Road, and eventually to dirt Mulholland.

The single track winds back and forth across the wider central trail, which runs up the center of the canyon. Watch for hikers and kids where the single track crosses the path. The single track is a downhill run from north to south. Take the wide path up and the single track back, or ride up Sullivan Ridge and take Sullivan Canyon down. They connect just below dirt Mulholland.

If you take the route down from dirt Mulholland you have three options to get back up. First is simply taking Sullivan Canyon back up, using the wide middle path. Second, there is a switch back on the left a few hundred yards out from the Queensferry parking area called the Squirrel Cage. It climbs up to Sullivan Ridge, and from there to dirt Mulholland. However it is hidden in the undergrowth and difficult to find. The third route is on streets out through Queensferry and eventually up Westridge Road until it turns into the West Mandeville Fire Road, climbing to dirt Mulholland. There is actually a fourth route back to dirt Mulholland if you navigate through the neighborhood to Mandeville Canyon. You can take that up, north, almost to the dead end where you'll find trails on your left and right up the canyon walls that lead to dirt Mulholland and the cold war era Nike Missile Site.

Access Info

Take Queensferry Road to the dead end and park. The trail starts behind the gate. Optionally start from the top at dirt Mulholland, taking the Sullivan Ridge Fire Road to the Sullivan Canyon trail near the top.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Sullivan Canyon bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,127 ft
  • Altitude min
    605 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,801 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,801 ft
  • Altitude end
    674 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    872 ft
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Feb 10, 2019
Avg: 3.75 (16 votes)

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      Sullivan Canyon Trail Reports

      Feb 10, 2019 @ 8:46am
      Feb 10, 2019
      Sullivan is still a creek bed on the fire road. Watch for exposed rusty pipes as well and stay off the single track to preserve the trails. The...
      Jan 18, 2019 @ 1:20pm
      Jan 18, 2019
      the river is flowing. Single-track at times is a flowing river. Be careful there are deep pockets under the water that will send you over the...
      Dec 30, 2018 @ 11:24am
      Dec 30, 2018
      Dec 30, 2018 @ 8:20am
      Dec 30, 2018
      Dec 20, 2018 @ 8:13am
      Dec 20, 2018
      Tree cleared from the fire road
      view all reports »

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 8 rides
      • 20 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 181 rides
      • 17 miles avg distance
      • 1,408 rides


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      Feb 6, 2017 @ 8:21am
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      Sullivan Canyon, Los Angeles
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      Sullivan Canyon, Los Angeles

      3 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      flag Setanimod (Apr 30, 2015 at 17:07)
       I don't know what trail the attached videos are showing, but it is not the trail the map leads you down.

      We went up the Sullivan Canyon Fire Rd and then down the trail and I wish I could comment more on where to park and how to get from the Canyon Trail back to the fire road, but we had someone drop us off at one and pick us up at the other, which was perfect.

      The Sullivan Canyon Fire Road is pretty easy with a good number of places to pull over for shade and tons of really nice views. Heading up the road there are lots of side trails, some of which appear to go no where, some loop back to the road, and others I'm not sure.

      The Sullivan Canyon trail it's self is not marked, but using a map on the phone and asking people passing by got us down the trail, which was pretty obvious even with out passer by's. The trail quickly drops down into the valley which provides plentiful shade and a really nice change in scenery compared to the fire road.

      There are lots of single track trails that branch off the main double track. Some of them are full of turns, some require ducking under trees, and a few have a jump or two. Over all the trail is really fun and provided a nice day of riding, but by no means was the jump filled trail I thought it would be after watching the tagged videos. (Perhaps we needed to explore off the fire road more?)
      • + 1
      flag abtcup (Jun 12, 2015 at 19:20)
       If you're talking about the main fire road...you would park off Queensferry Rd. Its in Mandeville Canyon off Sunset blvd. Ride down into the canyon...up about 3.5 to 4 miles and you'll see the entrance to the first singletrack. Its marked with some red tassels hanging off some tree branches. The singletrack criss crosses the main fireroad.
      • + 1
      flag vandall (Nov 8, 2018 at 17:40)
       I would suggest taking the fire road up and descending the single track where available. Leave the single track to those descending so they can rip it without worry of uphill traffic.

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