Sunset Peak Trail is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near San Dimas, CA that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible from March until October.
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.
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).
This was a great workout of a hike and is fairly steep the entire way. There are a lot of mountain bikers coming down the switchbacks that you need to keep an eye out for! The view at the top is amazing and you can see the skyline of LA from the peak.
It was snowing lightly when we went up so we didn't get to see the sunset but the snow in he trees made this hike beautiful. Perfect easy hike
Road closed at my badly and Glendora ridge
I was looking for an easy hike because I hurt my shin on a run. This was perfect to get any easy walk out in the woods.
An easy hike that just about anyone can do. It's definitely a good place to catch the sunset and the trail is easy enough to follow that you can hike back down it in the dark pretty easily. In the group I was in there were a few who stopped every 50 feet, so we ended up splitting up various times. I took the shortcut up for the last part of the summit, so when I headed down the fire road going back down I missed a turn and ended up going down for about 15 min on the wrong side of the mountain. I had to double back almost a mile to get back on the right path. Once I did that it was an easy walk down. It got dark with about 30 minutes left, but since I had a headlamp and flashlight I was fine. There is an abundance of shade and great views of Baldy and the San Gabriel Mountains from the top.
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This was a really nice hike. We took the service road about 3 miles up and then took a steep trail up to the top rather than continue on the road. That was the only difficult part of the trail and we made the choice to do it. The views from up top were great. The clouds had cleared and we had some great vistas. We came down the road which was filled with broken rock from landslides. Eventually you get to a junction were the road continues on to another peak, I think Johnstone. We choose to go back to Glendora Ridge Rd and the car. The trail was a nice easy incline, about 3.5 or so miles each way.
We looked for the other shorter, steeper trail but didn't find it. Still it was an enjoyable morning and a great hike. I'll definitely be back.
This is also a great hike for sunrise, on the trail early before sunrise you will be alone on the trail.
This time of year there were signs of animal stirring and came across a rattler on the way down.
This is a good medium hike with some really nice views along the trail. It will definitely give you a workout as the trail is constantly but gradually climbing up. The trail is very secluded (we were the only ones on it). We hiked it in late afternoon in time to be at the summit for sunset, this made the views that much better, and we're still back at the car by dark.
I love Sunset Peak. When there is new snow just come here.The upper part of Baldy road gets hoards of people and Sunset will be empty.
There are a couple ways up there. I recommend the short and steep one as it stays on a ridge the whole way to the peak, a former fire lookout site, affording great views the entire hike. Trailhead: Just before you get to Mt. Baldy Village, turn left on Glendora Ridge Rd. and head up a mile to a parking area on the right (the lot is private so park there on the roadside. Right there on the left is the trailhead, looking as though it heads straight up. The trail follows the ridge up and down for only a mile and a half, but gains 1,400' in the process; though short it's still a pretty good workout. There's a dirt road all the way to the peak which, again, is private (permission to use it has been granted in the past by carrying a card you can print out at the Sierra Club's Hundred Peaks Section website). The road is a good, albeit longer, alternative for descending (you'll cross the road twice while on the trail). It begins a few feet up from the trailhead. This hike can get pretty hot; best to do it Sept. - June.