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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 mi (9.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: -
Total: 30 riders

Mountain Biking Sunset Trail

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#115 of 1,003 mountain bike trails in California
#1,595 in the world

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.

First added by Mshdmonky on Mar 6, 2005. Last updated May 3, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Take lake all the way to the end. Turn left at the top, and continue until you see a flashing yellow light. Take the road to the right. Go up the paved road to the fire gate. This is the begining of the trail.
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Open (on Jul 5, 2012)
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  • powderski

    very cool trail with stunning views on LA
    easy to ride for everybody on fullsuspension bikes

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  • Giancarlo Lazarte Amado

    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!

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  • Alex Thor Johnson

    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.

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  • jefftovar

    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!

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  • xtian

    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

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    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.

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  • lukedalach

    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.

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  • Mshdmonky

    This is an awsome trail. Defnitely rde this one.

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