1.4 miles
686 ft
-148 ft
1,214 ft
High Point

Sunset Trail Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
    Paved Path
  • Bike type
    AM, XC, RD
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Uphill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • Global Ranking

The way up (via Schoolhouse Way) consists of a tough climb up to the KGMG-FM radio tower. For an even harder go at it, proceed straight up the steep paved section just to the left of the switchback section on the climb. Then go left instead of right to hop on the Lake San Marcos Trail for a steeper way up to the top.

Description from San Marcos Parks & Trails Pocket Guide:
The Sunset Trail provides access to the Cerro De Las Posas Ridgeline from San Elijo Park. From the center of the park near the “Off-Leash” dog area, head north towards the microwave towers on San Marcos Peak. Lake San Marcos will be visible on the west side as you progress up the steepest portion of the trail. This multi-use trail gains 560’ of elevation over a distance of one mile (this trail has its ups and downs).

Local Trail Association
Please consider joining or donating to the local riding association to support trail development & maintenance.
donate to earn trail karma!
More Stats for Sunset Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    538 ft
  • Altitude min
    674 ft
  • Altitude start
    674 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,212 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    4,908 ft
  • Distance down
    2,045 ft
  • Distance flat
    328 ft
  • view trail stats
on Oct 6, 2015
no votes yet

view (9)
Layers winter
Map Style
Trail Style
  • ?
update trails status or condition

Sunset Trail Trail Reports

Oct 6, 2015 @ 12:47pm
Oct 6, 2015
Drying out. Mostly paved, so it doesn't matter much.
view all reports »


no photos have been added for Sunset Trail yet, add a photo.

Reviews / Comments

No reviews yet, be the first to write a review or ask a question.
Use trail reports to comment on trail conditions.

Post a Comment

You must login to Pinkbike.
Don't have an account? Sign up

Join Pinkbike  Login


more »
PQ Sunset trail ride
0:59 | 175 | Jan 28, 2014 Sunset Trail, San Marcos
Sunset Trail 4/28
10:41 | 133 | Apr 29, 2012 Sunset Trail, San Marcos
  • embed Sunset Trail trail on your website
    • Updated on Thu 2015-10-08 @ 9:27pm
    • Submitted on Tue 2015-10-06 @ 10:20am
    • By snowcrasher & contributors
    • #37711 - 179 views
  • subscribe
  • flag
  • login to download gpx or kml files.