2.2 miles
Distance
79 ft
Climb
-1,313 ft
Descent
00:16:38
Avg time
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Sunset Ridge Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Angeles National Forest
    Altadena, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • 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 [+]
    • 65 in Trail Running
    • 90 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
    00:16:38
  • Avg reverse time
    01:00:40
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Status:
on Jan 30, 2022
Ideal
Avg: 4.8 (27 votes)
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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Sunset Ridge Trail Reports

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      Jan 30, 2022 @ 6:01am
      Jan 30, 2022
      Trail looks good, no trees but some hikers on a Sunday morning.
      Jan 22, 2022 @ 11:50am
      Jan 22, 2022
      At least 3 trees down. One early on that completely blocks the path (see pic)
      Dec 17, 2021 @ 2:06pm
      Dec 17, 2021
      hero dirt right now but lots of medium sized rocks loose on the trail.
      Nov 21, 2021 @ 11:13am
      Nov 21, 2021
      Nov 19, 2021 @ 1:00pm
      Nov 19, 2021
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 5 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 322 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
      All
      • 3,241 rides
      • Last: Aug 14, 2022

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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
      Jul 4, 2020
      177 |
      Jan 2, 2020 @ 3:54am
      Jan 2, 2020

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      12 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      DrHog (Jun 9, 2022 at 14:06)
      Huge climb to reach the drop in, but worth it. Ride conservatively, especially if you’re alone. Hardest part for me was some of the chunky tight switchbacks. Overall, a fun and rewarding challenge.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      rmchism (Apr 30, 2022 at 11:12)
      Rode it for the first time today and it seemed to be in really good shape. It’s the perfect balance of challenging and fun for an intermediate rider like me. Some tricky sections, but all manageable. Use extreme caution towards the bottom just after where the Dawn Mine trail forks off. The trail isn’t technical in that part, but he drop is severe and there are a few blind corners.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      GoFasterPB (Apr 27, 2022 at 15:24)
      Recent trail work (Feb '22) cleaned up some switchbacks really nicely. Thanks MWBA!
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      Shaynes1776 (Nov 19, 2021 at 13:03)
      Fun downhill but I'm not sure it lives up to the hype. Plenty of exposure, couple of rock gardens, and really tight switch backs, some of which are blown out.
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      mhogan1 (Aug 30, 2021 at 9:15)
      RIP to the rider that went off the edge a few days ago. Tragic
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      kirbymtb (Mar 11, 2022 at 10:20)
      AMRT responded Sunday morning to a call for a mountain biker over the side on the Sunset Ridge Trail. The victim fell approximately 150 feet to canyon bottom, sustaining serious injuries. @seblasd Air Rescue 5 lowered a medic to the victim, who was packaged and hoisted into the helicopter for transport to the hospital. The victim would later succumb to his injuries.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      CoachAscanio (Feb 15, 2021 at 21:24)
      One of the sickest trails in SoCal. Lots of techy deliciousness with great flow. Loved every second of it.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Donriddle (May 27, 2020 at 12:28)
      First time I’ve written this trail. Very technical at the top but manageable. Dry conditions with lots of overgrown poison oak. Wear protective clothing if you are susceptible to poison oak rash.
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      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]
      • + 1
      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
      Bmoore200 (Apr 16, 2018 at 8:17)
      Super fun and fast. Some nice technical parts too. With a little rain dirt gets awesome.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      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]





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