Los Angeles may seem like an urban sprawl at times, but for those of you out there who favorite dirt or gravel to asphalt here’s a cool trail to check out:
Sullivan Canyon is part of the Santa Monica Mountains Preservation located in Pacific Palisades. Starting from the trail head, you can do an out and back for a total of 7.8 miles. Difficulty level: moderate.
The coolest part about Sullivan Canyon? NOT CROWDED. If you’re not a fan of the b-lister celebs at Runyon and happen to be closer to the Westside – this is a must for you. The path is not paved and not very well kept (watch your step at all times). Although there are no stand out sites to see (aside from a very cool rope swing one mile into the path and a seasonal small creek), it’s one of my favorite places to run. There is nothing contrived about what you get in Sullivan Canyon like you might see at some other national parks.
Want a more up close and personal look at the canyon? Good, because I happened to take my flip on my last trail run in those parts: