Gather the whole crew because there’s plenty of room to spread out on one of LA’s most easily accessed hiking trails. Set forth on an 8.5-mile (round-trip) trek beneath Sullivan Canyon’s golden sycamores, currently tinted in fall colors. The namesake trail departs from a prim Brentwood neighborhood. There’s a quick downhill at the start, before the trail settles into an easy uphill grade over a wide, meticulously maintained gravel trail for the entire hike. Walking beneath a canopy of copper and gold sycamore leaves, sneak peak-a-boo views of chaparral-covered Westridge and Sullivan Ridge. At the end of the canyon (4.25 miles in), those who want to burn off that second helping of stuffing can continue another half-mile up to Sullivan Ridge for a high view over the Santa Monica Mountains. But we’re betting you’ll be lured into the limbs of one of the trail’s great sycamores for some good old tree climbing (makes a great holiday photo!). Return the way you came—there’s plenty of room to be turkeys on parade.
From the I-405, exit Sunset Blvd. and drive 2.3 miles west to Mandeville Canyon Rd. Turn north and make the first left onto Westridge Rd. Drive uphill for 1.2 miles to Bayliss Rd. and turn left. Make another left on Queensferry Rd. and park. The trailhead is at the bottom of the road, but street parking is restricted so check signs before leaving your vehicle. Walk down the road past the gate, and turn right up Sullivan Canyon. Dog-friendly!