Sullivan Ridge Fire Road Professional Reviews and Guides
"The drawing of this route may make it look like an out-and- back; however, it is anything but. It involves a very tough fire-road ascent, followed by a bomb down the singletrack that parallels the fire road. This is the bread-and- butter proving ground of Westside XC riders, affording plenty of aerobic and technical challenges. The ride’s centralized location and modest length make it an ideal alternative to visiting a sweaty, crowded gym after work."
--Charles Patterson, Mountain Bike! Los Angeles County (Menasha Ridge Press).
"Sullivan Canyon is one of the gems of the eastern portion of the Santa Monica Mountains. Stately oaks and sycamores shade a seasonal creek and a fine trail travels the length of the canyon. The canyon was very attractive to its former owner—the Los Angeles County Sanitation District—and was long near the top of the list as a potential landfill site. Protests by environmentalists derailed the dump and these days Sullivan Canyon is a beautiful place to roam. Sullivan’s high and narrow canyon walls display handsome sandstone outcroppings, as well as a blue-gray bedrock known as Santa Monica slate. During winter and spring, the canyon walls are colored with clusters of ceanothus. Casual hikers will enjoy a nearly flat stroll for a mile or three along the canyon floor. More energetic hikers will make a loop trip by climbing out of the canyon and traveling Sullivan’s west ridge. Views from the ridge are quite good."
--John McKinney, Los Angeles County: A Day Hiker's Guide (The Trailmaster).
"Despite being so close to West Los Angeles, this route provides some of the best scenery and singletrack action that the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area has to offer. The technical and aerobic difficulty is moderate, but novice riders may find themselves winded early—a simple out-and-back up Sullivan Canyon or to the Nike Missile Base via the West Mandeville Fire Road (known locally as Westridge) may be more desirable than riding the full length of the described route."
"Starting just off of Sunset Boulevard on Monaco Drive, you'll spin through a celebrity-heavy neighborhood. Turn onto Sullivan Ridge fire road which immediately grants views of aptly named Rustic Canyon on the left and Sullivan Canyon on the right. There's some great singletrack detours on the way up to unpaved Mulholland Drive. Now you'll experience some more ridge views of the San Fernando Valley on the right and the Los Angeles Basin on the right. After some roller-coastering, you'll reach the Hub, the nexus of several different rides in the area. A short spin down a third ridge, Temescal, delivers you to the Backbone Trail. You'll only be sampling six of the 70 rolling miles of the Backbone. This is a beautiful route along three different ridges, topped with an exquisite singletrack."
--David Story, Laurie & Chris Leman, Mountain Bike! Southern California (Menasha Ridge Press).
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