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black Sunset Ridge Trail

Trail

2.4 mile 3.8 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 86' 26 m
Descent: -1,294' -394 m
High: 3,415' 1,041 m
Low: 2,187' 667 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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Trail shared by Chris W with improvements by John May

Great singletrack with speed, cliff side exposure, tight switchbacks and technical rocky sections.

Chris W

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Description

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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Apr 1, 2019
Pepe El Toro
2.4mi
Mar 9, 2019
Moco Mono
All the rains have exposed a lot more rock making the trail even more technical. Still a great trail but please have a bell as there are many hikers.
Dec 1, 2018
Nils-Erik Hilliard
Jan 28, 2018
J P
2.4mi
Nov 26, 2017
Money Bagski
Nov 24, 2017
Marc Daniel
Oct 12, 2017
Nick Wright
Dry, clear. In good shape. Connected to El P for a nice descent. 2.2mi — 1h 00m
Apr 20, 2017
Cary Stacy
Challenging rocks and switchbacks cliffside.

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  4.4 from 21 votes

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  4.4 from 21 votes
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#25

in California

#365

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