Sweeney Ridge Trail via Sneath Lane

MODERATE 243 reviews

Sweeney Ridge Trail via Sneath Lane is a 7.7 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.

7.7 miles
1,669 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


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.

1 month ago

One of the places I've been to.

3 months ago

Great trail, mostly because it is so close to SF and surrounding area. An easy 20 minutes drive from SF and your in the coastal mountain ridge line. Beautiful!

Yes it’s not dirt but once you get up to the top you can choose dirt and take other trails along the ridge. Great way to spend the morning!

trail running
3 months ago

This is Bay Area winter running at its finest. Windy and hilly but still sunny! The views make the concrete worth the effort. The dirt trails begin after the missile area which is now unkempt and heavily graffitied.

5 months ago

Well maintained paved road leads up to spectacular views of Pacifica. Retired missle control station makes for interesting photo oppurtunities. Great spring hike. Pack water as it can get warm.

5 months ago

Great bay/Crystal Springs reservoir views all the way to the top, where you are rewarded with great ocean views. A lone bathroom at the top, right when you need it.

However, pavement doesn't have that natural hike feeling. On foggy days, you will have no views as you walk amongst the clouds.

5 months ago

amazing view and unique monument at the top. steep paved hike to the monument. bathroom at the top was great to have. free parking.

6 months ago

Great trail for humans and doggos!

7 months ago

Great view towards ocean & bay

8 months ago

Great hike and a great view!

8 months ago

Very nice trail. It was a beautiful sunny day at the Sweeney Ridge Trail and no fog. The route is all paved and not a dirt trail. I even saw a few families with strollers. Only a few spots with shade. The steady incline was a good work out. There was even a restroom at the top of the trail overlooking the Pacific Ocean. I would definitely go again!!!

10 months ago

Great views! Went to the missile base and back. Paved the whole way, so more of a "walk" than a hike, but the incline is certainly a work out. 99% exposed...sunscreen is mandatory.

10 months ago

The start of the inlcines were pretty rough for a beginner like me And i noticed they barely have seats. However onced i reached the Nike Missile Control Site, it felt awesome seeing the deserted site filled with colorful graffiti. I exited via Sneath Lane, and the view of the lake and the airport was awesome as i make my way down.

10 months ago

All geographic there!

10 months ago

Nice trail. Good gradual incline. Great views!

11 months ago

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

Friday, July 07, 2017

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

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Nice wide paved trail. Can be quick windy.

Monday, May 29, 2017

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

Monday, May 22, 2017

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!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Nice views. Fully paved

Friday, April 07, 2017

good challenging ride.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

I think the mileage is off. My guess is that it's only 6 or 6.5 to the gate and back. I used to know exact and its 6.3 from Skyline College. Just FYI

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Always great! I would love to see dogs put back on leash when approaching with a dog on leash. I love the view!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Start in San Bruno, hike to Pacifica, walk along the road (careful no sidewalk), enjoy lunch at the train cafe and hike back! Don't eat too much, it's pretty steep the way back over the ridge! Have seen people tackle the hill with strollers though so it's possible. A great morning/brunch hike! Took around 3.5 hours with the included lunch break midway!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Not a fan of having the turn-around point being a parking lot.

Monday, January 02, 2017

Moderate difficulty with very nice views. Many dog encounters, my dog was very happy.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Love this great trail with wonderful views.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The beginning is a moderate incline climb, then evens out. Cool views from the top in both clear and foggy days.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The only detractors are the graffiti and the whole trail being paved. Good workout on the climbs and the history was very interesting. Very little trash. A few people don't clean up being their dogs, but it wasn't bad. Saw less than 10 people in three hours up there. Lots of rabbits, chipmunks and birds. I'd love to do it again when the weather is better for pics.

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