Mori Point and Sweeney Ridge Loop Trail via Skyline College

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Mori Point and Sweeney Ridge Loop Trail via Skyline College is a 9.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Bruno, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 9.4 miles Elevation Gain: 2,234 feet Route Type: Loop

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As of May 2020, parking lot is currently closed due to COVID 19. Please check with the park for more information. 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.

Nice trail down to Pacifica. Recommended, but bring bug repellent and possibly poles for the downhills.

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7 days ago

Good hike! Parking is closed, but there’s residential parking nearby. It would add a mile or so to your total trip. Our total was about 11miles. If you take a left at the start of the loop it was a lot of very slippery, steep downhills. I’d recommend taking a right if you’re up for the incline. It’s still steep, but for less of the distance. The beach is really nice. I’d recommend going off trail for a bit and checking out mori point. They have a cute swing on a tree at the beach. Also they have bathrooms there hallelujah. Take a windbreaker if you get chilly easily too!

Parking is limited. I think the best spot is the Mori Ridge Trail Trailhead

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bugs
over grown
11 days ago

The portions of the train on the beach cliffs and up on Sweeney & Mori Ridge were absolutely stunning. And we lucked into amazing weather (it was sunny and actually kind of hot!). BUT: some drawbacks. We started this loop on the beach, rather than at Skyline College. But when we crossed the highway to go up into the ridges, we simply could not find where the Farallones Trail was behind the church! There was a locked gate behind the parking lot and no other sign of a trail. So we continued along the highway a short distanced and found the "Fast Track" trail, which we could tell from the map connected back up with Farrallones. However, this path was extremely overgrown with poison oak. And once we were up on the ridge we discovered we each had several ticks on us. From the other reviews it sounds like Farallones isn't much different of a trail. My friend brought her dog with us on this hike and for the most part it was fine, but there are portions of the beach cliffs trails that are VERY steep and narrow and because of the drop offs she had to keep her dog on leash the whole time. It definitely made it harder to have the pup with us for that part.

Amazing trail. Need to cross the highway at two points, but there are crosswalks. Parking lot currently closed, but there is residential parking close by. Trail mostly exposed, steep at times. Gorgeous views.

Beautiful trail but tough 13mi! We started at Skyline college,note the parking lot is closed but there’s plenty of residential parking right outside the college. We took the trail to Mori point which was beautiful throughout,very green throughout,beautiful vegetation. It’s pretty steep along Mori ridge trail. You have to cross the highway after the greenhouse which was kind of scary to reach Mori point. After Mori point,we did Bluff trail to get to Rockaway Beach. Bluff trail was pretty rocky and we had to climb down on narrow,steep trails near the cliff. I remember stopping by the shell gas station to get some snacks then if you keep walking along the street left of the gas station you will find a church nearby,you have to go behind the church, to the side of the gates where you can see entrance to 2 hidden trails. We were on the wrong trail at first but the right trail is right behind a small green shed behind the church. This is the beginnings of the toughest stretch,the Farralones trail,which was very steep throughout. We’re already so tired at this point having done 9mi at that point! After what felt like a non stop steep incline it gets a little flatter along Sweeney Ridge trail,then decline back to the parking lot from there! Great trail but definitely difficult !

hiking
1 month ago

Parking at the college was closed but the trail was open. Hiked clockwise and it took me 3 hours and 15 minutes. Nice views, no shade. Next time I would park near Mori Point/Rockaway Beach and start the loop there for an initial climb up then descend down for second half.

1 month ago

A really fun trail - start in the hills, wander into town and hang out on the beach for a while, climb the cliffs over the water for a great view, then back into the hills again. Such great variety, and not horribly difficult. Plan on getting some nachos and a frozé at the beachside Taco Bell down the road afterward.

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no shade
2 months ago

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no shade
over grown
rocky
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2 months ago

We did this hike on Sunday and started out late around 1pm and finished at 7pm. Our phone recorded the total of this hike as 12.1 miles. Maybe that includes the times when we went off trails and had to trek back few times? We finished the whole loops plus more in 6 hours; that includes lunch break and all the many stops we did to campsite some pics. We started from the trailhead next to Skyline College parking lot B and started out way up and down then up the straits to the fork. Then we started the loop counterclockwise as we wanted to reach the beach first. Then up the steep hill and scramblers down steep hills right on the cliff, making our way to the next beach where the took our lunch break. We met another hiker who has been sitting at the foot of the cliff as we landed down; she sprained her ankle and waited for her husband to come and help. I hope she’s ok. The part where we had to walk along the highway wasn’t our favorite. Also it was tricky to find the trailhead for the other half of the hike after we left the beach where we had lunch. We crossed the street and walked along the sidewalk then realized we were off trails and had to trek back to find the trail head. There was no sign whatsoever. We finally find it just behind the church!! From here on, it’s all straight uphill back to the fork we where we started, then we made our way down back the way we came, to the parking lot. It was strenuous and technical hike. Definitely not for beginner. On the positive side, the views are amazing! I’ll do this same hike all over again. We were actually the only persons on the trail half way through. We only met one biker on our way up back to Notch trail.

The visitor parking at Skyline College appears to be free during the weekends. Nice little loop trail - the Rockaway Beach area is a quaint seaside town to explore in the middle of the hike. We spontaneously decided to get tea at Lovey's Tea Shoppe, which was so charming. The wildflowers have started to bloom, especially along the coastal parts of this hike.

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no shade
3 months ago

Fun hike with varied scenery and plenty of photo ops with the right light conditions. I parked at skyline college lot C and paid $3. Then I took the notch trail up and went clockwise. As people have mentioned the farralone trail on the way down to Mori Point is quite steep so going down was much easier. Some mosquitos on the ridge near the end of the day. At the end I was able to catch some of the sunset, which was beautiful!

hiking
3 months ago

Overall this is a nice workout with great views and a diversity of environments. I parked at Skyline on the weekend, but parking at the bottom of Mori seemed to be the sure bet. Mori is far more gradual incline, and wide. Farallones has a couple steep areas with loose rocks and errosion (trekking poles were very handy). Going down Mori and up Farallones would be my recommendation. I was able to go around the fence to the Farallones trailhead - using Fast is a bad idea because it is an incredibly steep bike ramp. Bring layers for the beach and fog, and saving extra time for exploring the cliffside trails, graffiti, and old missile site remnants.

hiking
3 months ago

We had a great hike today, albeit windy. However I thought I’d note a particular difficulty in these directions. If you plan to head down Mori Ridge Trail and back up Farallones trail, there is no obvious way to get to the trailhead from the gps map without going around private property and negotiating a newly installed fence. Pretty disappointing that access to this public land is being closed off, but easements should have been established.

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over grown
3 months ago

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3 months ago

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4 months ago

If you park at skyline college during the week park in lot c. They have a booth that sells daily permits. Not sure how much it was because it was free during finals. Overall nice trail. Beautiful. Clearly marked.

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4 months ago

There was a locked gate blocking the entrance to Farallones from Cabrillo Hwy. We were able to continue north to Fast Trail and then connect back to the main Farallones View Trail later on, but Fast was narrow and steeper. There were a few ramps that looked like it was used for dirt biking. Other than that good views of the cities around the Bay, and breaking the middle of the hike in Rockaway was fun.

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rocky
scramble
6 months ago

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