2.2 miles
Distance
79 ft
Climb
-1,313 ft
Descent
00:16:19
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Sunset Ridge Trail

  • USFS
    Land Manager

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
    #930 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 90 in Trail Running
    • 85 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
    00:16:19
  • Avg reverse time
    01:00:40
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Status:
on May 30, 2021
Ideal
Avg: 4.9 (25 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Sunset Ridge Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      May 30, 2021 @ 8:12pm
      May 30, 2021
      Jan 2, 2021 @ 11:39am
      Jan 2, 2021
      very good after rain
      Dec 5, 2020 @ 7:33am
      Dec 5, 2020
      Thanks to se volunteers they do such a great work,the trail is on awesome shape fast and technical .
      Nov 15, 2020 @ 8:25am
      Nov 15, 2020
      Someone built jumps and the poison oak has been trimmed. Great shape.
      Nov 14, 2020 @ 9:05pm
      Nov 14, 2020
      Running pretty good. The switchbacks are better.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 9 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 428 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      All
      • 1,886 rides
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      Photos

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      12 |
      May 30, 2021 @ 8:11pm
      May 30, 2021
      45 |
      Jul 4, 2020 @ 6:03pm
      Jul 4, 2020
      125 |
      Jan 2, 2020 @ 3:54am
      Jan 2, 2020
      147 |
      Jun 6, 2017 @ 12:54am
      Jun 6, 2017

      Routes with this trail

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      titleratingdistance
      Mt. Wilson shuttle
      14 miles
      Mt Lowe, Sam Merril, sunset, EP
      13 miles
      Eaton Saddle Shuttle
      8 miles
      MIDDLE SAM MERRILL TO SUNSET RIDGE
      15 miles

      6 Reviews & Comments

      • + 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]
      • + 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]
      • + 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
      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]
      • + 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]
      • + 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]

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      Videos

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      youtuber Sunset Ridge Trail - Mt. Wilson - Altadena, CA
      12:48 | 447 | Oct 7, 2018 , Altadena
      Mt. Wilson/Eaton Saddle Shuttle Downhill
      1:5:09 | 6 | Jul 27, 2021 , Altadena
      Mt Wilson on E-Bikes (Will E) - Part 2, Sunset...
      10:49 | 30 | Apr 19, 2021 , Altadena
      Sunset Ridge Angeles National Forest
      4:33 | 69 | Mar 9, 2021 , Altadena
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