2 miles
Distance
364 ft
Climb
-1,609 ft
Descent
00:16:59
Avg time
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Sunset Ridge Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Angeles National Forest
    Altadena, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Drop, Skinny
  • Global Ranking
    #930 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 75 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.

More Stats for Sunset Ridge bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,245 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,187 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,451 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,451 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,205 ft
  • Grade max
    -234.008%
  • Grade min
    114.623%
  • Distance climb
    2,221 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,208 ft
  • Avg time
    00:16:59
  • Avg reverse time
    00:56:33
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Status:
on Apr 19, 2019
Dry
Avg: 4.9 (17 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • region Riding Area
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
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  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
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  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
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      Sunset Ridge Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Apr 19, 2019 @ 8:54am
      Apr 19, 2019
      Watch for all the poison oak.
      Apr 7, 2019 @ 8:42am
      Apr 7, 2019
      Poison Oak is starting to get out of hand
      Mar 10, 2019 @ 8:48pm
      Mar 10, 2019
      Jan 12, 2019 @ 6:38pm
      Jan 12, 2019
      Sep 8, 2018 @ 6:49am
      Sep 8, 2018
      Tree down but easy to climb over
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 12 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 202 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
      All
      • 1,695 rides
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      Photos

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      Jun 6, 2017 @ 12:54am
      Jun 6, 2017
      422 |
      May 21, 2015 @ 3:11pm
      May 21, 2015
      | 3 comments
      253 |
      Mar 15, 2015 @ 11:10am
      Mar 15, 2015
      301 |
      Mar 15, 2015 @ 11:10am
      Mar 15, 2015

      Routes with this trail

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      8 miles
      Eaton Saddle Shuttle w/ El Prieto
      13 miles

      4 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      flag llindsey (Nov 4, 2017 at 15:34)
       First time today on this amazing trail. Extreme exposure, especially the tight 180 degree turns. Well groomed and moist from recent rain. Highly recommended for the expert rider.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag Bmoore200 (Apr 16, 2018 at 8:17)
       Super fun and fast. Some nice technical parts too. With a little rain dirt gets awesome.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag WillieB (Aug 28, 2018 at 17:13)
       Technical and rocky. I think this trail is fun, but it only gets Five Stars because its in SoCal!
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag Austenczapla (Oct 31, 2018 at 14:26)
       Best trail on the front side of the mountain. Technical rock gardens mixed with fast exposed single track make for a thrilling 6-12min descent depending on skill.
      [Reply]

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