A slightly moderate hike near Mount Baldy, which offers plenty of tree coverage and remarkable mountain views of both Cow Canyon to the north and Cascade Canyon to the east.
- Unfortunately, there aren't any coffee shops currently in the mountains on the way to Sunset Peak. The best options are going to be in Claremont and Augie's Coffee House is a perfect stop on your way to the hike. It's located in a renovated train station full of character and charm. Keep in mind, they currently do not sell any food beside pastries.
- Take the 134 East all the way until you merge with the 210 West. You'll continue on the 210 West passing through Pasadena, Arcadia and Glendora until you reach Claremont. Take exit 52 and take a left on 16th Street followed by a quick right on Padua Avenue (the street changes its name to Monte Vista Avenue going south). Approximately 1.8 miles up Padua Avenue, you'll take a right on Mount Baldy Road and continue through to Mount Baldy Village until you reach Glendora Ridge Road. Take a left heading uphill to Cow Canyon Saddle and park your car in the turnout.
- NOTE: If you're heading up during the winter months (or when snow is present), you'll need to potentially park on Mount Baldy Road if the road is closed and walk the 1-mile along Glendora Ridge Road to reach the start of the hike at Cow Canyon Saddle.
- NOTE: this hike is very straightforward with only a few intersections. The difficulty lies within the mileage and not necessarily the trail type (e.g. aggressive uphill or steep drop offs). When snow is present, be prepared to add an extra 2-miles due to the road being closed.
- Begin your hike at Cow Canyon Saddle and head up the trail with the yellow road gate.
- Continue along the trail until you reach the first intersection 2-miles ahead. Here you'll be greeted with a beautiful overlook of the canyon neighboring Sunset Peak. Make a sharp left turn to continue heading up the trail.
- You'll approach a U-bend that will offer a direct view of Cucamonga Peak and Mount Baldy.
- Another split will occur approximately 1.3 miles further up. Take another sharp left and follow the trail leading uphill to reach the summit.
- Elevation at the summit: 5,740 feet