Los Angeles: Big Sycamore-Wood Canyon Loop

Lasso together the Pacific Ocean, two deep canyons, and an unnamed high point on this 11.9-mile loop in the Santa Monica Mountains.
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Lasso together the Pacific Ocean, two deep canyons, and an unnamed high point on this 11.9-mile loop in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 14.1

Waypoints

BSW001

Location: 34.0734481811523, -119.014602661133

Head N into a wide, mostly dry, canyon

BSW002

Location: 34.0806503295898, -119.013000488281

Straight @ 3-way; wind in and out of dry riverbeds

BSW003

Location: 34.0857200622559, -119.011497497559

Two steep ravines on each side of the canyon

BSW004

Location: 34.0898208618164, -119.011703491211

L @ Y

BSW005

Location: 34.0945281982422, -119.014999389648

Walls pinch and dramatically rise roughly 900 ft.

BSW006

Location: 34.1025009155273, -119.01806640625

Small valley dotted with sycamores, oaks, and a few walnut trees

BSW007

Location: 34.1100006103516, -119.010902404785

Big Sycamore meets Wood Canyon

BSW008

Location: 34.1126518249512, -119.011299133301

R @ 3-way

BSW009

Location: 34.1171798706055, -119.007598876953

Turn L to start 700-ft. climb. This ascent starts steep and doesn't relent. Once you crest the high point, take in views over the Pacific and continue N along bumpy ridgeline

BSW010

Location: 34.1336402893066, -119.010200500488

L @ 4-way; descend NW and curl S on fire road through the slim contours of Wood Canyon

BSW011

Location: 34.1203498840332, -119.020599365234

Straight @ 3-way to the southern end of the canyon

BSW012

Location: 34.1162109375, -119.02010345459

L @ Y. Close loop in .6 mi. and retrace route to trailhead