Caballaro-Sullivan Loop - Trail, Tarzana, California

Caballaro-Sullivan Loop - Trail, Tarzana, California

DESCRIPTION

Go down the trail next to the sign. It follows a dry (usually) creekbed. It will be rocky in sections, but not technical. It will climb up to a ridge. Caballaro ends at dirt Mulhuland (dirt road). Go left on dirt Mulhuland. Keep going for a couple of miles. Youll see a gated fireroad (with Sullivan spray painted on it) on the right. This is Sullivan Ridge, go down it. After less than a mile the fireroad widens and there is a trail leading down on the left. This is Sullivan Cyn, go down it. Sullivan Cyn is a fast doubletrack/singletrack under Sycamore and Oak trees. There are a couple of drop offs and whoop-dees with plenty of creek crossings. After about 5 miles you will come to an unmarked (practically hidden) singletrack leading up to the right. This is a VERY steep climb, but it will put you back on Sullivan Ridge in less than 1/2 a mile. When you reach Sullivan Ridge go right. Dont be surprised to see pavement, this section of Sullivan is paved. Keep going, the pavement will end near a gate and youll climb for about 4 more miles. When you get to the gate at dirt Mulhuland go left. Go down dirt Mulhuland for a couple of miles back to the top of Caballaro. Make a right at Caballaro and go down it. Thats it . There is lots of singletrack mirroring these trails. Look for them and incorporate a few after you have learned the main loop. Woo Hooo!

USER REVIEWS

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[Nov 12, 2007]
Schwinng
Weekend Warrior

Still one of my favorite loops - just under 18 miles from the start of El Caballero trailhead/singletrack. Being one of the original MTBR Old Pharts (almost 50 years old now), I always have to start out warming up very slowly up El Caballero so that when the "real" climbing begins, I'll be ready for it. There are only a couple of sections that are particularly steep and/or "challenging" technically (even if you've got some developed bike handling skills) up to the top where the trail meets Dirt Mulholland (turn left). It's fairly easy pedaling on Dirt Mulholland until you get to the yellow gate (right side) -- about 1+ mile? You'll turn right at the sign that says Sullivan Canyon and ride down about 1/2 to 3/4 mile, then look to your left side for the start of the singletrack. The singletrack turns into doubletrack about 1/2 way down. The descent is mild and fun. You'll take this all the way to the end, where you'll see a somewhat long concrete "wash" on your left side. Climb that to Bayliss, then turn left. Continue up to Westride, which you'll take up to the very top ... feels like a pretty long street ride because it's rather steep, and if you're pedaling in the heat, it's a pretty oppressive ascent. Once at the top, you'll hop on a dirt fireroad back up to an outlook where there are bathrooms, water faucets, and some benches under a roof - great place to take a break and catch your breath ... you're almost done with your climbing. Continue past this area and veer left and down a short grade, which takes you back to Dirt Mulholland (turn left and go around gate). There's only a little more gentle climbing on Dirt Mulholland, then it's all downhill to where it meets El Caballero singletrack, and it's all fun descending back down to your car.

Customer Service

Take the 101 freeway, off at Reseda Blvd. (located west of the 405 freeway), turn left, drive maybe 1.5-2.0 miles until you see a bunch of cars on both sides of the street, and a Caballero Golf Course to your right. The start of the ride is on your left side.

If you're slow like me, and take a break at the bottom of Sullivan Canyon, a few minute breather at the top of Westridge, a few minute break at the outlook, then your ride will be about 2:45. My faster buddies ride this loop in about 2 hours.

You can also start the ride towards the top of Reseda Blvd. If you park at the very top, you'll have to pay for parking, however below the sign is free. There's also a portable bathroom at the top of the hill.

If you start the ride this way, you'll avoid El Caballero singletrack.

Once you've climbed the somewhat steep short dirt run, you'll hook up to Dirt Mulholland. You'll turn left to start this same loop, or some people just turn right and ride up to The Hub. If/when I do this ride, I like to also ride Eagle Rock Loop -- the trail that is on your right side after you've made it to the top of The Hub. This tags on a little more mileage and riding fun.

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4
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4
[Sep 24, 2007]
bkribbs
Downhiller

Good downhill for the most part. Rough, and a little loose, but a good time all-in-all. Most of the directions above are accurate and good for making loops. With a little scouting across the mountains, you can figure out where you want to go anyway. Locals are helpful about directions. The Sullivan Downhill trail isn't as fast as some, but semi tech. All the drops can be hit without a scout ( 4' maximums ) Look out for the long exposed pipe. It makes a cool manmade kind of skinny that is fun for a challenge. If you are in the area, its definately worth checking out. Riding up here you are right at the smog level. Its kinda thick in the air. Probably not good for a guy, but its a great place to ride in the city for an escape. Good views too.

Customer Service

Left on dirt Mulholland, down sulivan canyon, up through the neighborhood as described above, up the fire road to the missle silo, catch up with Dirt Mullholand and connect with cabalerro canyon. Best yet, shuttle.

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4
VALUE
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4
[Oct 15, 1998]
Chris

Continue up the road until you hit a t intersection go to the left (down the hill) You will go past some realy paranoid guys house with an electric fence (don't even think about it), this is the right way. Continue on but cool it, lots of hikers and diesel Mercedes drivers who think they own the road (you know who you are, keep it on your side buddy). Go around the yellow gate, this is the lower part of Sullivan Canyon, continue up about 2 miles and the pavement ends and the dirt climb begins. It is a relatively mild fast climb,(middle chainring stuff). It ends up at dirt Mullholand. You can go to the right for about a mile and you end up in a park with drinking fountains boys and girls restrooms and hot and cold running water. On a clear day it has a spectacular view. When you are done you have two choices, go back the way you came or take the easy way back. Continue down the gravel road toward the west, then a short climb then 2 miles of dirt down hill into a residential area. Thats fun but for you speed freaks the next part is even better. The street is very steep relatively wide with very few cross streets. My record so far is 56mph (go at you own risk). You end up on Sunset and Mandaville canyon. Go right on sunset right on capri and find your car. 17 easy miles you'll be smiling when youre done!

Customer Service

405 exit sunset, go west. Goto Capri, make a right. Go thru the one way circle and vear to the left. After 2 blocks park anywhere and unload.

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Bayless trail is nice in the summer, almost 80% of the ride under oak trees!

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5
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[Oct 27, 1998]
Christian V.

Sullivan has become very sloppy and loose. Lay off the brakes NEWBYS. Or lay off the trail! Other wise very nice ride. Good milage.

Customer Service

same

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4
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[Dec 30, 1998]
Michael

This is the best route now that the canyon has been bulldozed again.

Customer Service

Do in reverse(down Sullivan Ridge,up Sullivan Canyon).

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3
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[Jan 31, 1999]
C'daler

El Caballero has always been one of my favorite short, singletrack ascents, partly because it's so fun riding back down her to your car. Nothing's too special about riding on Mulholland, except on clear days you catch some breathtaking views of the valley and the San Gabriel Mtns. Sullivan Canyon has undergone so much change -- it used to be a very fast singletrack trail, but since some rains AND El Nino hit her, she's turned into a rougher, wider trail. Still a cool ride with some little surprised thrown in everytime I ride her. The ascent up Westridge is challenging, but if you're into getting a great work-out on a steady road climb, this is it. The entire ride -- from my calculations -- is about 18 miles. It'll take you about 3 hours if you cruise and not really push speed on the downhills, and aren't particularly fast on the ascents. A good ride and work-out, after which you feel like you've gone for both.

Customer Service

Similar to Hedgehog's (orig. reviewer), however instead of turning right and ascending from Sullivan Canyon, you can take the canyon all the way to the end. This will take you to a paved street/ascent, where you can start the street ascent basically up Westridge (however, there are a couple of minor/small streets from this point to get to Westridge -- but you can't get lost so long as you continue climbing). From the top of the street, get back on to the fireroad, which takes you up to a look-out (bathrooms, water faucets, benches/tables, etc. there). Proceed in same direction, which will take you back on to Mulholland, turn left to head back to El Caballero Trail (now off to your right).

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Hedgehog's route, I hear, is also nice. Sullivan Ridge (I've only ascended) is a nice climb as well -- not too crazy, do-able, beautiful scenary. Many other trails meet up at "The Hub," which you can get from this ride. After climbing El Caballero, instead of turning left on Mulholland, hang a right. After a couple of fireroad miles you'll see it. A nice ride from The Hub includes one that takes you down to P.C.H., near Gladstones (at Sunset Blvd.) in Pacific Palisades. I hear it's beautiful AND fun, but hell coming back.

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4
VALUE
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[Feb 04, 1999]
Hedgehog

I checked the trail during the last week of January 1999 and it has become a little boring on the Sullivan side. The gas company that owns Sullivan Cyn recently buldozed the creekbed from top to bottom. This changed it from an erroded singletrack wandering through the creekbed into a wide fireroad. El Nino's flooding carved out a great trail last winter. The fireroad is just not the same. (sigh)

Customer Service

same

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Will Roger's backbone singletrack

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4
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[Apr 25, 1999]
Lenny

I road there on April 24th and found that the Canyon has now been graded all the way to top where Sullivan Cyn connects to Sullivan Ridge. Not much of a challenge now, and a lot easier to come back up this way.

Customer Service

I follow Sunset to Mandeville Cyn, take Mandeville to Westridge. Westridge is paved and goes up a mile or so on. At Bayless, you can park in that area and mount your bike. Taking Westridge up about a 1 mile climb (still on paved residential stree, but a good warm up). You reach the fire road at the top. Take the fire road. From that point it's about 4 miles to the top where there is a real bathroom and rest area. Heading out to Mulholland taking a left. Follow the road until you reach Sullivan Ridge. Taking Sullivan Ridge about a mile to the Sullivan Cyn cutoff. At the end of Sullican Cyn there is a paved stree that climbs out of the canyon. This takes you to Bayless follow around to your right back toward Westridge.

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Topanga State Park

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3
VALUE
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[Oct 15, 1999]
Hedgehog

Auuughh! Bad news kids. L.A. County Fire Dept. cut a new fire break between the top of Reseda and the Caballaro trail (due to a recent fire). Oh, but that's not the bad news. The bad news is, the bulldozers went in through upper Caballaro. As of Wednesday, everything from above the lower creek bed up to Dirt Mulhuland is a moondust freeway. It sucks! What was rocky singletrack and rutted overgrown dbltrack is now powder and wider than two cars for about a mile. I think I'm gonna cry.

Customer Service

same as usual

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Backbone's still cool (knock on wood).

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1
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[Aug 02, 2000]
Airbear

A fun 1 mile technical singletrack alternate for advanced riders dropping into Sullivan canyon. Slightly brushy, but fun and very ridable. One slight dismount required due to low tree branch. Starts as narrow swoopy singletrack descent, then gets really steep. Mostly hardpack, some loose and rocky spots. Flattens out at the bottom

Customer Service

Optional technical singletrack drop South into upper Sullivan canyon from dirt Mullholland, 100 yds East of Sullivan fire rd / dirt Mullholland junction. Drops down petroleum pipeline route. Red & white 'Restricted Access' (fire dept) sign and 3' metal post at entrance to singletrack on S. side of Mullholland. Connects to Sullivan Cyn fire rd approx 1 mile below the Sullivan Ridge fire rd junction, at the 180 degree corner with the cement water crossing (dry).

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3
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