Sunset Trail

4.60 out of 5
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About this trail
Ride your bike along the paved road for 3 miles. you will pass a white gate at mile 2.5. When you get three miles out, look for the stone trailhead, take a left. The trail is technical, with switchbacks, and contains many old railway ties that have 1.5 to 2 foot drops. The stay left when you get to the bottom. THe trail will drop you into the paved road about a mile from the start.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (9)


December 25, 2017
powderski Gramcounter  
Review: very cool trail with stunning views on LA easy to ride for everybody on fullsuspension bikes

Similar Trail: merrill

Granny Gear

December 6, 2017
Review: This is one of the best trails you can ride in the Mt. Lowe/Mt. Wilson range! I would like to add that you can do a short ride and just ride the lower half of the trail if you're short on time. When you see a big cylindrical silo, make a left and you will end up right at the entrance to the lower half of sunset ridge. You can also park at Millard campground and climb for 3.5 miles up the steep paved road and do all of sunset and the Millard single track. It is great and will help prepare you for the Mt. Lowe/Mt. Wilson shuttle!

Similar Trail: Middle Merrill trail


April 10, 2015
Review: Great singletrack Nice high elevation. You can hit as a loop from the gated fire road on the way to Millard Campground or on the way down from Mt Lowe, Mt Wilson. Can also continue through Millard campground and ride El Prieto.

Granny Gear

February 5, 2015
jefftovar Granny Gear  
Review: This trail is actually called "Sunset Ridge Trail" and is technically located in the Millard Canyon area of Altadena.

I discovered this trail through a friend who took me hiking here once. I saw a lot of tire tracks on our way up and knew this would be a fun and technical downhill. My next trip back I brought a friend who also rides and we took the fire road all the way up (such a grind!) for about 3 miles until we hit the upper trailhead. As mentioned by other reviewers, this is a downhill not to be missed in SoCal. Huge rocks, some decent drops, hairpin switchbacks with steps leading to them-if you're not careful or pick the wrong line, you're going over your handlebars.

Sunset Ridge is now our favorite trail to ride as we both live in the area. We've nicknamed the entire experience "Hammerdick Hill" because of the grueling fire road climb and exhilarating singletrack down. Oh, and be wary of hikers with dogs!


December 16, 2013
welker666 Gramcounter  
Review: I am reviewing upper sunset ridge. This trail is what single track is all about. Awsome greenery (for Socal) This trail is getting better all the time. Saw some people working on it last time I was there. Definitely ride the fire road up to the top.



May 26, 2014
Guest Gramcounter  
Review: Absolutely agree...definitely a downhill trail in my book. Rode fire trails up to inspiration point and then hit Sunset on the way down. Awesome ride,

Granny Gear

July 20, 2012
xtian Granny Gear  
Review: I would say it is more of a downhill trail. Tried riding it up but very dufficult and would take for ever to make it to the top, i ended going back to the fire road and climbed all the way up and had a good time coming down

World Champ

July 6, 2012
Greg Heil World Champ  
Review: Great trail offering up some super fun singletrack! Definitely way more fun heading downhill, but could probably be ridden up for the most part as well.

Granny Gear

December 1, 2008
lukedalach Granny Gear  
Review: great trail! i'm just getting started and wanted something a little more difficult. was hard to find at first with the directions. enter the forest preserve and drive up the mt maybe a 1/2 mile. the "fire gate" is a large white gate with red stripes on it to the right of the main road.


March 6, 2005
Mshdmonky Gramcounter  
Review: This is an awsome trail. Defnitely rde this one.

Sunset Trail MTB Trail 4.60 out of 5 based on 9 ratings. 9 user reviews.
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