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    Sullivan Canyon Trail Condition (or, sullied canyon)

    Sullivan canyon is not in good shape. I came down today, from the fireroad. The first part (the steep part down to the second concrete bar where it makes an abrupt right turn) is okay, there are some slumps and landslides and trees that have migrated, and a few small ruts, but it is rideable.

    However after that its pretty wrecked.
    This is that concrete lip/turn area. There is water flowing across it, even today after warm temps and no rain for a few days. Note the landsliding stuff in the back. Also there is a new small creek running down and joining in too.


    From a little further down the trail you can see the lip (looking back up) and a good sized landslide blocking the trail.


    After that the ruts begin...Maybe more like chasms. Adrienne investigates


    Down around the corner, and, you guessed it, more ruts. The volume of water that must have flowed down here is staggering. There is no running water in here now, although there is plenty in the creek area to the left and further on down the trail.


    We walked on and just saw more landslids and ruts. Some are deep enough to hold a person..


    Or a bike..


    The trail has eroded in places all the way down to the bedrock


    We turned back as time was getting late and the trail was obviously pretty messed up. There is runnning water starting not far from where we stopped further down the trail- on another site I read it was headtube high. Some guys coming down the trail as we were climbing told us that some guy had attempted to ride it in the rain and his bike, a Seven, was allegedly swept away. Urban legend? I don't know, just reporting.

    Anyway, another trail that's going to need major repair before it gets anything close to what it was before.

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    Thanks for the report. I guess we'll see fewer horses for a while.

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    Rode Sulli today. Took the shovel and saw and made a couple more spots rideable. Thanks goes out to a few people that stopped and helped. At least 25% of the trail involes riding through the stream. Lots of people in the canyon. It was funny watching some of the hikers trying to keep from getting thier feet wet. I actually saw a pair of equesties dropping in as we were climbing out. The trail finally has some character again.
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    Thanks for the post Impy. I hiked halfway up from the bottom on Sunday and took a bunch of pictures. You can check them out at: https://www.pbase.com/blackbart/sulli (thumbnail page, click for larger images)
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    Nice gallery of Sullivan pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Impy
    Sullivan canyon is not in good shape. I came down today, from the fireroad. The first part (the steep part down to the second concrete bar where it makes an abrupt right turn) is okay, there are some slumps and landslides and trees that have migrated, and a few small ruts, but it is rideable.

    However after that its pretty wrecked.
    This is that concrete lip/turn area. There is water flowing across it, even today after warm temps and no rain for a few days. Note the landsliding stuff in the back. Also there is a new small creek running down and joining in too.


    From a little further down the trail you can see the lip (looking back up) and a good sized landslide blocking the trail.


    After that the ruts begin...Maybe more like chasms. Adrienne investigates


    Down around the corner, and, you guessed it, more ruts. The volume of water that must have flowed down here is staggering. There is no running water in here now, although there is plenty in the creek area to the left and further on down the trail.


    We walked on and just saw more landslids and ruts. Some are deep enough to hold a person..


    Or a bike..


    The trail has eroded in places all the way down to the bedrock


    We turned back as time was getting late and the trail was obviously pretty messed up. There is runnning water starting not far from where we stopped further down the trail- on another site I read it was headtube high. Some guys coming down the trail as we were climbing told us that some guy had attempted to ride it in the rain and his bike, a Seven, was allegedly swept away. Urban legend? I don't know, just reporting.

    Anyway, another trail that's going to need major repair before it gets anything close to what it was before.
    Strange

    I rode Sullivan two sundays ago and didn't see those ruts. I was riding along the creek the entire time, and mostly inside... I must've missed the trail

    But I did see the bedrock you were talking about...I'm 5' 9" and still had to jump off some with my bike on my shoulders (tried to jump one and fell on the rocks below...looked like a bruised peach after the ride)

    It was pretty wild, so I have to say that it was more of a walk than a ride

    alex

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