Guide to the best mountain
bike trails in Topanga State Park and West LA
Topanga State Park Area Summary Location: West Los Angeles and Topanga State Park Best For: Intermediates Suitable For: All levels except extreme Ground Cover: Brush-covered hillsides and streamside woodlands. Seasons: Good year round.
Anyone whose impression of Los Angeles comes from the national media would be shocked to discover the beautiful and abundant open space within the city limits. The Topanga State Park vicinity lies smack between the major population areas of Los Angeles' west side and the San Fernando Valley, offering millions of area residents great recreation opportunities including miles of open fire roads and even single-track for mountain biking.
While close to the city, Topanga State Park retains a true "wilderness" feel, with rugged terrain and all sorts of wildlife. The vegetation is typical Southern California chaparral punctuated by wooded streamside areas.
While the recommended rides are geared towards more advanced riders, the fire roads here are great places for beginners to learn. The fire roads (Sullivan Ridge, Westridge and Canyonback) are moderate and sport parallel single-track trails with multiple access points.
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Topanga State Park Bike Trails
Beginner and Intermediate Level Trails
Westridge Fire Road - Moderate, ridgetop fire road. Parallel single-track. Sullivan Canyon Fire Road - Flat fire road through canyon, then rises steeply to ridgetop. Stream crossings in winter. Sullivan Ridge Fire Road - Follows ridgeline from Dirt Mulholland to Pacific Palisades. Parallel single-track. Fire Road 30 - Moderate fire road connects Dirt Mulholland to The Hub. East Topanga Fire Road - Connects Trippet Ranch to Pacific Palisades neighborhood. Eagle Rock Fire Road - Loose and rutted. Great views.
Advanced Level Trails
Rogers Road (Backbone Trail) - Moderately technical single-track through mixed terrain. A few steep sections. Extremely popular on weekends.
Directions to trailhead(s):
Multiple access points off Sunset Boulevard at top of Westridge Road, Amalfi Drive, Kenter Ave. and at Will Rogers State Park. Access from the San Fernando Valley includes the top of Reseda Blvd. (south of the Ventura Freeway) as well as the Topanga State Park HQ on Entrada Road off Topanga Canyon Boulevard.
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