2.2 miles
Distance
79 ft
Climb
-1,313 ft
Descent
00:16:05
Avg time
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Sunset Ridge Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Angeles National Forest
    Pasadena, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (2 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Drop, Skinny
  • Global Ranking
    #2478 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #16208 in Trail Running
    • #6250 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 85 in Trail Running
    • 95 in Hiking

Sunset Ridge is one of the most fun and challenging single tracks in the front side of Angeles National Forest. It's normally ridden downhill but definitely use a bell and be aware of hikers & trail runners, especially on busy weekends. There are many rock drops, tight switchbacks, and plenty of extreme exposure. A seriously fun trail with equally serious consequences. Definitely take it easy your first time. Sunset Ridge is a fantastic trail with great views and many challenges.

Access Info

You can access Sunset via Chaney Trail and climbing up the paved fire road. It's a steep climb up the paved road and Sunset starts from the left of the road almost 2.5 miles from the locked gate.

You can also get to Sunset by climbing up the Lower Sam Merrill trail at the top of Lake Ave. This trail is heavily switchbacked and very, very popular with hikers. If you go this route, you hang a left at the top on the connector trail and climb up to the paved fire road. From there descend maybe 50 yards and Sunset Ridge will be on your right hand side.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Sunset Ridge mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,236 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,195 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,433 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,433 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,198 ft
  • Grade
    -10.8%
  • Grade max
    -75%
  • Grade min
    25.6%
  • Distance climb
    1,096 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    469 ft
  • Avg time
    00:16:05
  • Avg reverse time
    01:00:40
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on Jan 29, 2024
Ideal
Avg: 4.7 (32 votes)
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      Sunset Ridge Trail Reports

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      Jan 29, 2024 @ 1:23am
      Jan 29, 2024
      Nice conditions with some remaining damp hero dirt. Few hikers for a Monday but trail ran well.
      Dec 22, 2023 @ 6:22am
      Dec 22, 2023
      Some ruts from recent rains
      Nov 23, 2023 @ 11:46am
      Nov 23, 2023
      As good as it gets right now.
      Oct 5, 2023 @ 8:03am
      Oct 5, 2023
      Trail is in great shape, but ruts are starting to form at hairpin turns from people dragging brakes.
      Jul 8, 2023 @ 11:31pm
      Jul 8, 2023
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 8 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 384 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      All
      • 4,295 rides
      • Last: Feb 28, 2024

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      Dec 11, 2021 @ 5:43pm
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      May 30, 2021 @ 8:11pm
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      Jul 4, 2020 @ 6:03pm
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      Jan 2, 2020 @ 3:54am
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