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Average from 14 votes:
Virtual Ride of Sunset Ridge Trail
39 days ago
Mostly Dry - I hiked down this today, 8 Dec 2018. I was wishing for my mtb the entire trip down. Trail looked fine despite the heavy rain recently. There was one large tree down across the path about half way down the trail and about 50 yards later there was another tree leaning over the path (no way to ride under it, would need to get off and walk through)
“Great singletrack with speed, cliff side exposure, tight switchbacks and technical rocky sections.”
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.