1,083 ft
165 ft
999 ft
High Point

Sunset Trail Details

  • Riding area
    San Elijo Hills
    San Marcos, California
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
    Paved Path
  • Bike type
    AM, XC, RD
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Uphill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • Global Ranking

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 mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    165 ft
  • Altitude min
    834 ft
  • Altitude start
    834 ft
  • Altitude end
    999 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1,083 ft
  • Avg reverse time
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on Oct 6, 2015
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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-trail-37711 trailhead (33.108261, -117.205010)
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Sunset Trail Trail Reports

Oct 6, 2015 @ 12:47pm
Oct 6, 2015
Drying out. Mostly paved, so it doesn't matter much.
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PQ Sunset trail ride
0:59 | 193 | Jan 28, 2014 , San Marcos
Sunset Trail 4/28
10:41 | 161 | Apr 29, 2012 , San Marcos
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