2 miles
Distance
364 ft
Climb
-1,609 ft
Descent
00:16:21
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Sunset Ridge Trail

Sunset Ridge Details

  • 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
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on trail
    Drop, Skinny
  • Global Ranking
    #873

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
More Stats for Sunset Ridge mountain 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
    00:16:21
  • Avg reverse time
    00:56:33
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Status:
on Sep 8, 2018
Dry
Avg: 4.95 (14 votes)

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Trail Style
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to sunset-ridge trailhead (34.217748, -118.126942)
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Sunset Ridge Trail Reports

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Sep 8, 2018 @ 6:49am
Sep 8, 2018
Tree down but easy to climb over
Jul 20, 2018 @ 11:56pm
Jul 20, 2018
Overgrown covering the trail in the first 1/3 past the picinic benches...
Jan 20, 2018 @ 6:39am
Jan 20, 2018
Oct 12, 2017 @ 6:16pm
Oct 12, 2017
All good.
Oct 8, 2017 @ 10:36am
Oct 8, 2017
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Jun 6, 2017 @ 12:54am
Jun 6, 2017
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Mar 15, 2015 @ 11:10am
Mar 15, 2015
Sunset Ridge, Altadena
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Mar 15, 2015 @ 11:10am
Mar 15, 2015
Sunset Ridge, Altadena

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3 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.
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  • + 0
flag Bmoore200 (Apr 16, 2018 at 8:17)
 Super fun and fast. Some nice technical parts too. With a little rain dirt gets awesome.
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  • + 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!
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