Sunset Peak Trail is a 6.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Baldy, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
I enjoyed a wonderful hike today to Sunset Peak. The weather from the city was gloomy, socked in by cloud cover. But a quick drive up Mt Baldy Road and I was above the clouds, full of sun. Temperature at the Glendora Ridge Road parking lot was 54˚ with little to no breeze. Perfect for this hike.
Trail activity was light, on the way up I think I met four hikers and three mt bikers. The view from the peak was awesome and I had it all to myself. I decided to take the fire break path back down to the trailhead and that was quite an adventure. The trekking poles came in very handy with the loose rocks, large boulders, and steep terrain going this route. It took awhile to make my way down (and up a few times), but it made the hike more interesting in the end. See photos of the cloud cover over the valley that made today's hike unique.
It was really easy in the beginning to get all the way to the top. But I made it difficult coming down. I took the of trail that goes all away down on top of the fire road.if you want to make a difficult and hard so do that trail coming down.
Great long hike with a steady incline. Beautiful view of San Gabriel Valley.
For a more challenging route to Sunset Peak than the one depicted here, drive north on San Dimas Canyon Rd and park near the small structure by the dam. Directly east, hidden behind a short line of highway dividers is a trailhead for the Sunset Ridge Truck Trail. It's a 25-mile out and back to Sunset Peak with some nice views along the way. The trail takes you along the ridge above Claremont Hills and Potato Mountain, past the cluster of antennae atop the ridge, and then north to the peak. You can see the truck trail on the All Trails map--it is shown as a continuation of the Sunset Peak Trail. For runners, the vast majority of the 25 miles is runnable, with a couple short sections that you might want to hike. 4.5-5 hours to run this route. Cumulative elevation gain in the first 12.5 miles of the run is probably around 4600 feet.
This is an easy hike with a wide road, there are some spots that the road is so packed with rocks it's a little difficult to walk on. Walking this trail to see the sunset was one of the better ideas I've had and it is absolutely breathtaking. I spent the sunset laying on the metal rain catcher at the end waiting for the stars to come out. Moments like this is what I live for.
The fire road route on the AllTrails map (shown above in red) doesn't go all the way to Sunset Peak. To get there, you must continue northeast at the junction where the route on the map ends. Furthermore, the AllTrails map doesn't show the "Sunset Peak Shortcut," which begins a few meters northeast of the fire road trailhead on Glendora Ridge RD. It is difficult and rugged but should be added to the AllTrails map, so people don't get confused (it's shown on the US Parks map, though).