Sullivan Canyon Fire Road – Westridge Fire Road
A ten mile loop on the southeastern edge of Topanga State Park. A few months ago I tackled Rustic Canyon Trail and Sullivan Ridge Fire Road. The two trails I hiked on this day are the next two trails over. I started on Sullivan Canyon Fire Road and the difference between this trail and Rustic Canyon is like night and day – much tamer and more hiker friendly. I also made an interesting stopover at San Vicente Mountain Park, a.k.a. LA96C, a former Nike missle installation which has been converted to a small park. Rain was forecast but never materialized, but the clouds made for nice cover an some great photo ops.
While this trail is well maintained there are also near constant reminders of civilization, mostly from the Gas Company. They have laid concrete grid mats over stream beds to stop erosion and also have signs every 30 or 40 yards reminding people that a pipeline runs parallel to and beneath this trail.
I could not get enough of the clouds on this hike – like huge masses swirling and erupting in the sky.
About halfway along Sullivan Canyon I started a slow and gradual climb up to the ridgeline.
As with so many old structures I figured the tower would be off limits to the public for safety reasons. I was happy to discover that it was open and beckoned to be climbed and explored.
Photo 1 – The sign in front of the tower Photo 4 – The views from a top the tower are amazing, 360 degrees.
Four shots from the LA96C tower
If you are going to hike this loop please take a close look at this photo. In the far corner of the park is a flat hilltop area for even more scenery. The road that runs below it is Westridge Fire Road. There is no sign and I was fortunate to be directed by a helpful trail runner. To get to Westridge Fire Road you must go through the park.
Teddy Bear Cloud
Photo 1 – Photo 2 – Photo 3 – I came upon this yin/yang rock sculpture. This looks like it took a while to complete and is much more detailed than the hearts and smiley faces I sometimes see on the trail.