Mori Point and Sweeney Ridge Loop Trail via Skyline College is a 9.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Bruno, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
A nice trek along the Ridge and then down to the coast and looping back up to the Ridge. Awesome views. NOTE: There are no dogs allowed on the trail between Skyline College and Sweeney Ridge as it is a butterfly reserve.
Banquinao and Sweeney Ridge trails are absolutely gorgeous. Both are very steep and have extensive unmaintained sections, so as as earlier commenter mentioned: these trails are for experienced hikers only. Folks who aren't comfortable with scree and steep grades won't have a good time with this hike. Crossing the highway is less than fun. I would actually hesitate to do this hike again because of those two crossings.
This is definitely a hard hike. But it was beautiful!! The trail starts right above Lot B of Skyline college. It's a small lot, so if it's full, there are other lots to park in. I followed the suggested Alltrails map with my GPS and so glad I did. I would have gotten lost if I didn't. There were so many forks and no signs. I took a left at the first fork and did the loop clockwise. The trail eventually landed me in the back of a church parking lot. And going down was steep, so wear good shoes! Then it was time to cross the highway. There was a light with a crosswalk which made it easy. There was a gas station and restaurants if you wanted to make a pit stop for a bathroom break or lunch. I went to the beach part and had my lunch there. At the end of the beach I had to cross a small section of water to continue on. You can rock hop to try and avoid getting your feet wet, but I just walked through it. I don't mind wet feet. The climb up this mountain is steep, but once you get to the top it even outs. Then you get to hike with the ocean as your view. You eventually get to the part where you have to cross the highway again to start going back on the other side of the loop. This time it was a challenge. The map made it look like you needed to jay-walk. I wasn't going to do that on a highway so I walked a little further down to a crosswalk. There was no light and cars wouldn't stop, so it made it a bit challenging to get across. When I finally got across, I walked along the highway, which I didn't like and is the reason I didn't rate this hike 5 stars. It was short, but I didn't feel comfortable. You then have to walk up a steep windy road to get to the Sweeney Ridge trail. This part of the trail was brutal for me. It's all uphill. And since it was towards the end of the hike, I was tired and thought I was gonna die. Not really...lol, but it was hard for me. I think no matter which direction you go, there's going to be a climb back up, so it doesn't really matter which way you go. It took a total of 7 hours to complete, but I'm a slow hiker and have asthma, so I took a lot of breaks.
I really enjoyed this trail with friends and went over to Half Moon Bay and enjoyed the Orchard Nursery before heading back. We parked at Skyline College. I was glad we started in the fog as the steps in the heat may have been more challenging! Graffiti bunkers, Mori Point, ocean views and wildflower added to a nice hike!
Lovely views but I agree it is difficult especially if you do the entire trail. The mile from Skyline College to Sweeney Ridge Trail is not dog friendly. No dogs are allowed because it is a butterfly reserve.
Whoever decided this trail is 'moderate' is either in Olympian shape or sadistic. Or this app's algorithms got this wrong. I am a pretty avid hiker and do trails of all levels, and this rivals some of the more strenuous ones. I do think I made a mistake in what direction I chose to go in when first starting out (Go left!!), but either way you are facing a steep and relentless climb back up. The views are pretty enough, but if I put this amount of effort into something, I want spectacular- and it's not that. Mori Point is the obvious highlight though it's definitely not the prettiest stretch of coastline the Bay Area has to offer. I don't regret doing the hike, but not the best and it was definitely a better workout than I was prepared for. Also, I started from Skyline College, and it's close to a mile away from the trailhead, so this was unexpected added distance.
Great hike but I think it's a bit more than the moderate rating they've given here. There is a lot of climbing and if the sun is out it can be very hot as there is little cover. Also, you have to cross the highway at one point so be ready to scramble across quickly.
You start at the top of the ridge with amazing views of both the ocean and bay and then hike down to the ocean. We saw a bunch of whales right off Mori point. This hike also includes the SF Bay Discovery point. I'd definitely go again.
I stumbled upon Sweeney Ridge after I could not find parking at Mori Point. I parked at Skyline College and ventured off. I lucked out! This trail is so beautiful and just challenging enough. There are several sets of stairs, so that might be a hard for some hikers. But, I enjoyed the ups and downs of the trail. It is mostly exposed, so it gets hot. I was able to let my dog off-leash. She is old and slow, so that's important. I didn't pass many people and those with dogs were mellow. Great hike!