Sunset Ridge Trail

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  4.3 from 11 votes
black  Difficult from 7 votes
Rank: #3 in the Angeles National Forest area
#25 in CA, #485 Overall
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Trail in the area near Altadena,
“Great singletrack with speed, cliff side exposure, tight switchbacks & technical rocky sections.”
Christopher Woodruff on Jun 1, 2013
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3.15.0 milesKilometers 33’10 m Ascent 3,422’1,043 m High 10% Avg Grade (6°)
Singletrack Type -1,574’-480 m Descent 1,875’571 m Low 27% Max Grade (15°)
Dogs: Leashed
The Sunset Ridge trail is all technical and narrow singletrack with exposure. This trail is for intermediate and expert riders, and some will likely choose to dismount several sections. Watch out for poison oak when it's in season. Most of the trail is north facing with lots of shade; perfect for poison oak. There is a lot of exposure along Sunset Ridge and those not used to riding along a cliff edge should be mindful. Switchbacks are abundant and visibility is short along some sections so please use a Bell to alert other trail users. Sunset Ridge is also a popular trail amongst hikers and trail runners.

Access is generally either via climbing the paved Mt Lowe Rd via Chaney Trail in Altadena or by climbing up Lower Sam Merrill Trail at the top of Lake Ave. and crossing over via the left hand turn connector trail before the Echo Mountain Ruins.
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PHOTOS of Sunset Ridge Trail
  4.3 from 3 votes
It's called sunset for a reason. (Altadena, CA)
  3.7 from 3 votes
A steep climb up with an awesome and rewarding singletrack down! (Altadena, CA)
  3.0 from 4 votes
Dirt trails descending Sunset Ridge Trail (Altadena, CA)
  3.0 from 3 votes
Halfway down Sunset Ridge the trail merges with a paved road. Keep right... (Altadena, CA)
  2.7 from 3 votes
Sweet singletrack through some burned trees along the ridge. (Altadena, CA)
  2.5 from 4 votes
Start of the Sunset Ridge trail. (Altadena, CA)
  2.3 from 3 votes
Go around this gate to begin the long climb to the top where Sunset Ridg... (Altadena, CA)