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Westridge/Sullivan Ridge/Sullivan Canyon

Water: 
none
Restrooms: 
none
Distance: 
12 miles

This challenging course begins at Westridge, but avoids the all too familiar climb to the Nike Station.  After meandering toward Mandeville Canyon on a rarely used single track trail, we take Ernie's goat trail down to Sullivan Canyon then climb out to Sullivan Ridge Road and climb up to the upper entrance to Sullivan Canyon.  After coasting down Sullivan Canyon, we return to Westridge via Ernie's goat trail.  Then we tar and feather Ernie for coming up with this course.

Westridge/Farmer Ridge/Bent Arrow/Marvin Braude

Water: 
Water at Nike Site 3.7 and 10.3 miles
Restrooms: 
Restrooms at 3.7 and 10.3 miles/ 1 star
Distance: 
13
Course Number: 
27

Westridge / Farmer Ridge / Bent Arrow / Marvin Braude This run starts at the end of Westridge Road and follows the fire road to Mulholland and the park at a former Nike Radar Station with a rest room and drinking fountain. We then follow Mulholland west to the Farmer Ridge Trail which takes us back to Mulholland. We then continue west on Mulholland to the Bent Arrow Trail that takes us to Temescal Ridge which we then take west (turn right) back to Mulholland.

Irving's Run (Westridge Road / Mandeville Canyon)

Water: 
Nike station at 6.5 miles
Restrooms: 
Nike Station at 6.5 miles **
Distance: 
11 miles
Course Number: 
27A

This run, suggested by Irving Hoffman, starts at the end of Westridge Road and follows the fire road up to where it intersects with a utility fire road that goes down into Mandeville Canyon. From Mandeville Canyon the route goes up Hollyhock Fire Road to Canyonback Fire Road and then North to Mulholland Drive. Once on Mulholland Drive the run goes up to the former Nike Radar Station and Park where there is a rest room and drinking fountain. From there, the route goes back down the Westridge Fire Road to the start.

Sycamore Canyon: Lasse Viren Course

Water: 
Trailhead, mile 3 & 9
Restrooms: 
Restroom and shower at trailhead
Distance: 
12mi
Course Number: 
10 (similar)

This route runs through beautiful Sycamore Canyon and makes a clockwise loop to Wood Ranch onto Ranch Center rd. and back onto Sycamore Canyon. It is mostly shaded with one big hill at roughly the midpoint. This is similar to Run # 10 in "50 Trail Runs in Southern California," but adds a little distance by taking a slightly longer route from Wood Ranch back to Sycamore Canyon. This is a "fast" 20k run.

Santa Ynez Canyon / Trippet Ranch / Musch Trail Loop/Eagle Rock Loop

Water: 
At Trippet Ranch (2.3mi)
Restrooms: 
At Trippet Ranch (2.3mi)
Distance: 
10mi
Course Number: 
18 (similar)

This run begins in the cool Santa Ynez Canyon in Palisades Highlands. The run takes you through a lush canyon and then up the rugged and moderately steep Santa Ynez Canyon Trail to the Santa Ynez Fire Road and down to Trippet Ranch where there are bathrooms and drinking fountains. From Trippet Ranch we take the scenic Musch Trail back up to the Santa Ynez Fire Road and proceed to Hub Junction via Eagle Rock.  The course returns past the Musch Trail via Eagle Springs, and we continue and then descend the Santa Ynez trail to the finish.

Palisades Highlands to Trippet Ranch Loop

Water: 
Trailhead and 6.3mi
Restrooms: 
Trailhead
Distance: 
13.1
Course Number: 
21

This challenging run starts at the Topanga State Park access parking lot at the top of Palisades Highlands. It has several climbs guaranteed to get your heart pumping. The course of fire roads and trails meanders along ridges and into canyons and has a variety of enjoyable views. Water is at the start and finish and at miles 6.4 and 7.4 near Trippet Ranch. Toilets are at the start and at Trippet Ranch.

Sycamore Canyon: Serrano Valley Course

Water: 
Trailhead
Restrooms: 
Restroom and shower at trailhead
Distance: 
10mi
Course Number: 
10 (similar)

This run starts and ends in Sycamore Canyon, climbs up the Old Boney Trail for about 1½ miles to an elevation of 1160 feet with spectacular views of Sycamore Canyon, Boney Mountain, and the Nike Station above La Jolla Meadow. The run then descends into beautiful Serrano Valley with rolling grassland meadows that are a lush green in winter and a golden brown in summer. From Serrano Valley the route follows the streambed, crossing it a half dozen times and heads into a lush forested area and back to Sycamore Canyon.

 

Palisades Highlands to Garapito Trail

Water: 
Trailhead
Restrooms: 
Trailhead
Distance: 
12.2mi
Course Number: 
22

We start at the Topanga State Park access parking lot at the top of Palisades Highlands and head toward Eagle Peak. Just before reaching it, we take the narrow but very pretty Garapito Trail before returning to the start. There are good views of the San Fernando Valley en route. This is Run #22 in "50 Trail Runs in Southern California."

Sycamore Canyon: La Jolla Valley

Water: 
Trailhead
Restrooms: 
Restroom and shower at trailhead
Distance: 
11.75mi
Course Number: 
9

This run starts in Sycamore Canyon, climbs to the ridge west of the canyon, loops around the pond at the east end of La Jolla Valley and returns to Sycamore Canyon. There are good views of Boney Mountain and La Jolla Valley. This is Run # 9 in "50 Trail Runs in Southern California."

Trailhead Directions:

Malibu Creek State Park: Paramount Ranch via Malibu Lake

Water: 
5.7mi
Distance: 
10mi
Course Number: 
14 sim

This extremely scenic run starts at the corner of Mulholland and Las Virgenes. The run has no big hills and passes Century Reservoir, ascends Lookout trail, and after passing, in reverence,  the former Reagan Ranch arrives at Paramount Ranch. We then circle Malibou Lake and the site at which MASH was filmed.  We again proceed on the fire road past Century Reservoir to our starting point.

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