Sunset Ridge Saddle Loop

MODERATE 61 reviews
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Sunset Ridge Saddle Loop is a 4.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Altadena, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from October until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1348 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

3 days ago

This hike has some lovely parts and some crappy asphalt parts.
The views can be great and it's an easy way to get out of the city and away from the crowds.
I would recommend this hike if you're not super choosy about your flavor of nature.

11 days ago

half of the trail is a concrete road and there's high tension wires not my favorite Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Not quite sure what to think about this one! HALF of this trail is concrete fire road, the view is obscured, and there are electrical posts everywhere. UGLY!!

The other half is a rugged trail, with some steep steps, lots of mountain bikes, BUT with gorgeous views over Millard Falls and the Dawn Mine area. Taking the trail counter clockwise leads you up the concrete first. If you are walking with a dog, do this hike EARLY and go counterclockwise to avoid the concrete during the heat.

Good workout, but definitely not my favorite!

hiking
7 months ago

Going on a clear day the views are tremendous. I was a bit surprised that half of this Loop was concrete which makes for a nice even climb but takes away from the natural feel. Next time I'll bring the little rubbers for my trekking poles. Hiked on a Sunday afternoon and came across maybe 10 people. The small parking lot at the trailhead was full but additional parking was available a mile down with a 0.8 mile trail addition that goes up about 300 feet and connects you to the Loop. The vehicle road in/out displays signs that the gates close at 8pm. So plan accordingly? Also, be sure to bring your Adventure Pass as all cars in the parking lot in the additional parking lot must display it. For those who want a leisurely afternoon stroll with a bit of an uphill sweat, it's a great trail. Even if you don't want to get your shoes dirty just go up the concrete half of the Loop and turn back around and come back the same way. The best views are on the concrete side anyway. (Although I appreciated the dirt trail part of the Loop which has nice views of the Canyon and a bit more of a nature feel.)

8 months ago

Good hike. Lots of poison oak

9 months ago

9 months ago

Going up as if you were going to Dawn Mine, it splits onto sunset, is a pretty nice elevation gain. I had to stop a few times.

hiking
9 months ago

Concrete all the way up and a tiny,narrow, no more than 2.5 foot, dirt, winding path down, with more or less a sheer drop to your right. As someone who is not good with heights, the second half was a no go. I turned around and walked back down the concrete road again. Honesty, not such an inspiring hike. No shade, lots of smoggy views. Would not do again.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

This hike is deceptive in the assumption that a lack of reviews from yelp would mean it'd be a quiet walk thru. Managed to see a handful of people and dogs along the way. First half is uphill on paved road, for some reason I had difficulty with this part and was put to shame by people three times my age briskly walking past me. 2nd half is more fun trotting down a narrow trail amongst lush vegetation and on and off shade. I continued onto to Millard Creek for about a mile until I got bored and turned back. Also took a stab at the short walk to Millard Falls. Overall it's a beautiful scenic hike with many points to look out as far as the eyes could see. But I'm not too fond of bumping into people along the way. Probably not coming back.

hiking
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Moderate to steep single track climb into a back canyon- with options to follow the stream bed above the falls to Dawn Mine or continue along the main trail which can go up to Inspiration or traverse to Echo. Great trail if you only have a couple hours. Can start in the Millard parking lot or up above at the top of Chaney road.

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