Sullivan Canyon - Westridge Loop

Hike will begin in Sullivan Canyon. After the first quarter mile into the canyon we will turn up the eastern ridge on a seldom used, rutted and strenuous trail to the Westridge Fire Road and continue our ascent north straddling the ridgeline between Sullivan and Mandeville Canyons with spectacular city and ocean views.

After about 3 miles we will reach the old Nike Missile base, a cold war relic converted into a park with picnic benches, water and restrooms.

After our 1100 ft ascent, this is a perfect place for a bunch of hot and hungry hikers to have a picnic. The original radar tower now provides visitors with spectacular views of the Santa Monica Mountains, the Encino Reservoir, San Fernando Valley, and the Los Angeles Basin

Bring a sack lunch and your tourist hat!







After our snack/lunch and some siteseeing we'll march west over to the chaparral-covered slopes of Sullivan Ridge where yuccas stand as sentries at the upper entrance to the forrested canyon floor of Sullivan Canyon.

The hike down Sullivan Canyon parallels a seasonal creek through a shady canyon. Alive with the singing of birds, this final segment of the hike sounds and feels like an aviary housed within huge stands of sycamore, oak, and willow trees. Total distance will be about 10.4 miles.

Directions to Trail Head

From Sunset Boulevard, turn north on Mandeville Canyon Road. After 1/3 mile turn left onto Westridge Road. Drive uphill on Westridge Road and turn left on Bayliss Road. Drive up to Queensferry Rd and make a left or find a place to park on Bayliss.  Park where it is legal, and walk down Queensferry to the green gate.

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  • Bruce E.

    Dean, great hike. You left me in the dust on this one (I had worked all day Friday and was beat) but the route allowed for an easy pace down the shady canyon past the Sycamores and colorful old growth poison oak clumps. And I did find water at one spring despite the dry year!

    July 28, 2013

    • Dean

      I saw the picture of the spring. good catch!

      July 28, 2013

  • Dean

    I posted the hike report in photo album. Shady Sullivan Canyon is always a nice one on a warm sunny day. The little paralleling side trails made for nice little diversions off the main canyon floor.

    1 · July 28, 2013

  • Dodger J.

    Positively wonderful. Another route to get to the great destination called Nike.

    July 27, 2013

  • Kim

    Never disappointed on one of Dean's hikes! Fun group and nice workout!

    July 27, 2013

  • Roger

    This was an awesome hike! The people and the trail were awe inspiring. I got a really good workout too. Thanks Dean!

    July 27, 2013

  • Robin M

    A good workout followed by incredible scenery -- very lush! Thanks Dean!

    July 27, 2013

  • Peter K.

    First time I hiked up to the ridge from the bottom of Sullivan Canyon.

    July 27, 2013

  • David

    great workout!

    July 27, 2013

  • David J.

    Great hike Dean. Thanks.

    July 27, 2013

  • Porsche

    Sorry we couldn't make it today, Dean :(

    July 27, 2013

  • Paul H.

    Sorry, I got up too late :(

    July 27, 2013

  • Steve G.

    I've got something coming up this weekend. What's next?

    July 25, 2013

  • Roger

    Sounds like this will be interesting.

    July 23, 2013

  • Martha

    first timer here so apologies for asking probably an obvious question: no dogs allowed correct? (prefer to take my dog on hikes if possible).

    July 21, 2013

  • lillian

    Hi Dean,
    Can you rate the hike according to how hard it will be?

    July 15, 2013

    • lillian

      I can hike 12 miles but when it's hot like[masked] degrees it does wear on me. I guess the most difficult was up O"Melveney Park to East Canyon and Los Pinetos Trail to Camp 9 (total 12 miles). I consider these moderate.

      July 15, 2013

    • Dean

      Then I rate it "you'll be fine"

      July 17, 2013

  • Dodger J.

    Bring it on!!! Dean

    July 14, 2013

  • Robert

    Hmmm. Yep

    July 14, 2013

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