This is a mostly downhill route that begins near Mt. Baldy Village on Glendora Ridge Rd and ends in an upscale gated neighborhood near the intersection of Golden Hills Rd and Wheeler Ave, La Verne, CA.
Be careful where you park your return vehicle at the bottom and also where you park near the trail head. Watch the signs! A Forest Adventure Pass is required to park along Glendora Ridge Rd.
The first three miles of the ride is a gradual climb, gaining 1000′ of altitude. Then you get a mile and a half of downhill (losing 500′), followed by another one mile gradual climb, gaining 200′.
At around the 5.5 mile marker, you begin a super fast 5.5 mile downhill run, losing 2,000′ of elevation. You’ll do a couple small climbs from there for another mile, gaining another 200′.
From about the 11 mile marker to the end, you’ll enjoy another 5 miles of solid downhill bliss, ending in a gated neighborhood at the bottom. Depending upon where you parked, you’ll need to navigate yourself from there.
NOTE: Signs at the bottom of this fire road (pointing back toward where you came) say No Trespassing, however, the fire road itself is not private land. (Just be sure to stay on it!) There has been a dispute going on for years about access to the final half mile of this road but so far it has not been officially closed. Just like Blackstar, it’s just a way of scaring off people that don’t know any better.
Another NOTE: Because of the gated community below, this trail is not accessible as an up and back ride. You can get out, but you can’t get in!
Here’s a Map of the Route:
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Mileage: Approx. 15 miles
Climbing: Approx. 2300′
Descent: Approx. 5300′
Photos of Sunset Ridge Fire Road:
Actual Garmin Stats for this Ride: