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Sweeney Ridge Trail via Sneath Lane

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Sweeney Ridge Trail via Sneath Lane is a 7.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near San Bruno, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,669 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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. On top of Sweeney Ridge, you can decide 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.

hiking
no shade
9 days ago

Dig friendly but super exposed. A good little hike but not super moderate.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

This hike is a bit of a surprise. And it is open. First - crowds. The parking lot can be full to over flowing, so you will need to park up the street in a residential area. There are also bikers to deal with. Many walkers have dogs on leash. There were also a few trail runners if you are into that kind of thing. Second - the road. The trail for most of this hike is an old, blocked off road. So you are really walking on an old street. Third the view - For the first mile and a half looking east, most of what you look down on is SFO. But this hike rewards the patient. When you get to the top of the ridge which tops out at about 1,300 feet, the view opens up and you will see from Mt. Hamilton to Mt. Tam to the Farallon Islands and most landmarks in between. The main hiking trail goes right once you hit the bathroom at the top of the ridge and stays on the road. But much more rewarding is to go left, stop at the historical marker and keep going about a mile until you hit a gate (not terribly rewarding) but as you backtrack, the trail splits and heads down hill to a plateaued meadow. We were there at 3PM on a Saturday afternoon and had the meadow to ourselves. All we could hear was the wind and a few birds. We saw rabbits and lizards but reports are that there is a pair of coyotes who inhabit the area. We were told they have been named Bevis and Butthead by the locals. There have also been sightings of mountain lions, a mother with cubs. Having a slight chance to see these neighbors is a great reason to walk quietly. So we didn't actually do the course on this hike, but got some great exercises, 10K steps and saw some beautiful views. The Sweeney meadow - highly recommended for those who want a little quiet.

hiking
1 month ago

It was a nice hike. A few inclines. Not too bad. Fairly easy to moderate. :) it’s an ok view.

hiking
2 months ago

I hiked Mori Ridge trail until it met skyline trail. It was about a mile up & a mile back. It was pretty easy and I did it in running shoes. Coming back had some steep declines which made it a little hard on my knees. There were beautiful views of the ocean, the forest, and San Francisco. I would give it five stars if I weren’t wildly hungover and thought I might die.

hiking
3 months ago

What an amazing hike! The views are absolutely breathtaking! FYI : Part of the trail ends near Rockaway Beach to where you are required to cross a busy freeway intersection to continue on at Mori point.

hiking
4 months ago

Done this one multiple times now. Excellent views of SF, Sfo, pacific, and Mt Diablo

Pretty easy, only really steep in one area. Definitely bring a hat on a sunny day. The road is paved but I don’t think it really makes it worse. Lovely trail

hiking
5 months ago

This great hike starts with an old, paved road that winds upward with beautiful views of the reservoir, San Bruno Mountain, Mt. Diablo, and the Bay. You could also see Mt. Hamilton to the south, still dusted with snow. When the road intersects with Sweeney Ridge, views of the ocean and hills to the West open up as well. If we’d had more time we would have walked the ridge trail as well, but as it was we appreciated spending time with the updated plaques describing the point where scouts from the Portola expedition viewed the SF Bay in 1769. We will definitely come back again and start this hike earlier in the day.

hiking
5 months ago

Very relaxing and winding hike. And the monuments at the peak were an added bonus!

hiking
5 months ago

it was great

running
no shade
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

First mile is paved road— not a fan. Went up to the Portola marker which gives this trail that lovely historical touch... a bonus

hiking
no shade
8 months ago

Great hike on a foggy and partially sunny day. No shade along the trail, nice views of the bay, and plenty of wild life :) my pup was tired at the end.

Great if you stay on the main trail! Tried to go back to the parking lot on a trail shown on the AllTrails map. It was very overgrown, steep, and slippery. Fell and stuck my hand in a very thorny bush. Ouch!

hiking
8 months ago

Really nice hike! But I have 1 word ...... BUGZ!! Swarming around our heads the whole time. It was a bit annoying. But we still had a great time!

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closed
9 months ago

The nike missile silo has been completely razed.

hiking
10 months ago

I like that you get the uphill part out of the way first thing by starting from Shell Dance. Also that you get both an urban and ocean view walking the ridge. Not a fan of the slippery scree a on the down parts. This is a great workout for trail running.

hiking
no shade
10 months ago

Graffiti wall is destroyed.

hiking
no shade
10 months ago

Nice and easy walk. Paved with asphalt that you want extra cushion in your shoes if you have any joint issues. It’s nice to check out the nearby Pacifica beach after the walk.

hiking
11 months ago

Sweeney Ridge. An easy to moderate trail with few patches of elevation gain. mostly foggy mornings. Not enough sun shade cover but makes up for the views across ocean and bay. although paved road is good for cycles and leaves "trail" features to be desired.

hiking
11 months ago

it was paved most of the way, steep uphill initially. foggy and windy almost the entire time. good walk though

hiking
no shade
Sun Jun 16 2019

Windy. some concrete asfault path. bathroom at turnaround point next to orchid.

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Thu Jun 13 2019

the first part of the hike is a 550 climb up. it's pretty gradual except for a patch which was no joke up. the ridge to the left was muddy and puddly so we went right to the nike missile site. i prefer to get to this ridge via the notch trail from skyline college but i had my dog so had to go this route. views are beautiful but i don't know if I'll rush back.

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no shade
Mon Jun 10 2019

No shades. Whole trail took me 3.5 hours. View is really good tho.

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Sat Jun 08 2019

Wed Jun 05 2019

mostly uphill climb but great views

hiking
Fri May 31 2019

Good steady elevation . Very cloudy at the top and windy , dress in layers .

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Mon May 27 2019

Great view, fresh air & decent work out on a gentle paved incline. I feel secluded & safe.

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Sun May 12 2019

Great views of both the San Bruno and Pacifica sides of the ridge; can get very windy and cold up top. I prefer going down the Baquiano and Farallones View trails but both sides of the ridge are great.

Mon Apr 29 2019

Great scenery with views of the bay and the ocean. Loved the change in terrain with evergreens, grassy fields, and beautiful wildflowers.

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