1,083 ft
Distance
165 ft
Climb
00:00:45
Avg time

Sunset Trail Details

  • Riding Area
    San Elijo Hills
    San Marcos, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Paved Path
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, RD
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Uphill Primary
    Popular in reverse
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Global Ranking
    #64314 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    65 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

The way up (via Schoolhouse Way) consists of a tough climb up to the KGMG-FM radio tower. For an even harder go at it, proceed straight up the steep paved section just to the left of the switchback section on the climb. Then go left instead of right to hop on the Lake San Marcos Trail for a steeper way up to the top.

Description from San Marcos Parks & Trails Pocket Guide:
The Sunset Trail provides access to the Cerro De Las Posas Ridgeline from San Elijo Park. From the center of the park near the “Off-Leash” dog area, head north towards the microwave towers on San Marcos Peak. Lake San Marcos will be visible on the west side as you progress up the steepest portion of the trail. This multi-use trail gains 560’ of elevation over a distance of one mile (this trail has its ups and downs).

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More Stats for Sunset Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    165 ft
  • Altitude min
    834 ft
  • Altitude max
    999 ft
  • Altitude start
    834 ft
  • Altitude end
    999 ft
  • Grade
    15.206%
  • Grade max
    5.242%
  • Grade min
    25.438%
  • Distance climb
    1,083 ft
  • Avg time
    00:00:45
  • Avg reverse time
    00:08:42
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
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  • Very Dry
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Sunset Trail Trail Reports

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      Oct 6, 2015 @ 12:47pm
      Oct 6, 2015
      Drying out. Mostly paved, so it doesn't matter much.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 4 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 28 rides
      • 17 miles avg distance
      All
      • 59 rides
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