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Sullivan-Yedvarts-Cheney-Backbone

 13 votes

22.0 Miles 35.4 Kilometers


50%

Singletrack

3,681' 1,122 m

Ascent

-3,681' -1,122 m

Descent

2,072' 632 m

High

556' 169 m

Low

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

32%

Max Grade (17°)

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A fun, challenging loop which gives you a fantastic tour of the Santa Monica's and Topanga.

George Fitz

Overview

A nice way to link up trails to create a 2-3 hour loop in the Santa Monica's. Mostly fire road climbing and sweet singletrack descending.

The top of Yedvart's has awesome views of the surrounding canyons and peaks, a somewhat technical singletrack descent into a funky Topanga neighborhood and a steep climb up paved and dirt roads to The Hub before hitting the Backbone Trail: Will Rogers to Temescal Ridge.

Description

Start at the top of Capri and climb Sullivan Fireroad Climb to Sullivan Canyon. Once you hit Mulholland, enjoy the views of the Valley before hanging a left and heading about 1/4 mile on Mulholland. Here is where I normally like to hit the Farmers / MG Singletrack that starts at the yellow gate you'll see on your left. It's a fun, somewhat exposed little roller coaster that links back up with Mulholland after about a mile.

If that's not your thing you can skip Farmers / MG and stay on Mullholland, which will descend and then climb up to the intersection with Reseda. Go past this intersection and then stay on Mulholland by bearing right at the next intersection with Temescal Fireroad only a short distance away. Head down the hill for a fast fire road descent down to the water tank. Take a left here. This is the beginning of Yedvarts.

Yedvarts heads along the ridge, quickly turning into a narrow singletrack with a couple of short, steep climbs and descents. Make sure to stay left and not take the cheat route when climbing the first hill and you'll be rewarded with a nice panoramic view of the surrounding mountains below and the canyon, which is where you're heading.

At the bottom of the second hill, take a sharp left down into the canyon. This is a super fun, kinda steep descent with plenty of rocks and ruts to make things interesting. It mellows out after the initial drop and is a fast ride before it eventually dumps out onto Paradise Lane. Hang a right here and head down a fast paved road through the funky Topanga neighborhood.

Take a left onto paved Sylvania Rd and now you start the steep climb up to The Hub. After a few hundred yards, take a left onto the paved Callon Rd. It climbs even more steeply and basically stay to the right through all the intersections as you wind around the Topanga Canyon Inn. This is Penny Rd which turns to dirt and it will take you to the right of a house with a barking dog and a climb up to the bottom of Cheney Ranch Road, which leads you back into the Santa Monica Mountains wilderness.

Lots of rock stairs to navigate up Cheney before it eventually dumps you out right at Eagle Rock. Hang a left here, climb some more and eventually descend down to The Hub. Take a well-deserved break before hitting the Will Roger's Backbone singletrack. The Will Rogers Backbone is great and has its own write-up, but make sure to descend down Joseph Spur Trail, which is the intersection a hundred yards or so before the bridge. Also known as J-Drop, Joseph Spur Trail is a steep, somewhat technical descent down into Rustic Canyon. From here, head back up the hill on broken pavement to Sullivan and then back down the pavement to your car.

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Generally in great shape. Few sections suffering from washout but still a whole bunch of fun
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Did the Yedvarts descent and the Cheney climb back to the hub earlier today. Thanks for the DETAILED description. When I read the part about the barking dog on Friday night, I was thinking, "What the hell?" then it all made sense this morning. hahaha! Dec 19, 2015
Went the opposite way today up Yedvarts. Dont recommend it unless you are spiderman on a bike! It was a brutal ascent with lots of hiking and overgrown thorn bushes. Oct 15, 2017

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