Sweeney Ridge Trail via Sneath Lane

MODERATE 155 reviews

Sweeney Ridge Trail via Sneath Lane is a 7.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near San Bruno, California that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1712 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Explores the wonders of Sweeny Ridge. The Ridge trail offers excellent views of the Pacific Ocean and the San Andreas Reservoir. Of the three different approaches to Sweeney Ridge, the gently ascending paved trail from Sneath Lane is the most forgiving. You may have to share the trail with an occasional cyclist, but you'll appreciated the views over the eastern side of the peninsula as you climb including the long expanse of San Andreas Lake. 1.7 miles later you'll be atop Sweeney Ridge, deciding whether to hike north for just under a mile to the Nike missile base, or to take a short walk to the Portola discovery site. The trailhead is located at the end of Sneath Lane which is accessed directly from Skyline Boulevard.

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16 days ago

A great hike. We went to the Nike Missile site and back. About 4.5M RT. Pretty strenuous for kids. Warning: no shade.

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I was saddened to see it was all asphalt and not much shade. The view on the top is beautiful.

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Nice wide paved trail. Can be quick windy.

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2 months ago

I don't like that it follows along 280. It's noisy.

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2 months ago

Trail was 90% paved trail starting from the parking lot at Sneath Lane to the top of the Portola Discovery Site. That hike was about 40 minutes (average walking speed of 3mph) with a few pit stops for the dog. There is a bathroom at that point. From Portola to Mori Ridge entrance was another 45 minutes. Going back to the parking lot was a little over an hour. FYI there is very little shade along this trail and there are no water fountains at any point on this trail, so bring plenty of water for yourself and four legged friend(s). Enjoy the hike!