Sweeney Ridge Trail via Sneath Lane

MODERATE 181 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.

7.8 miles
1676 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. 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.

26 days ago

Great view towards ocean & bay

1 month ago

Great hike and a great view!

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!!!

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.

3 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.

3 months ago

All geographic there!

3 months ago

Nice trail. Good gradual incline. Great views!

4 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.

5 months ago

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

6 months ago

Nice wide paved trail. Can be quick windy.

6 months ago

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

6 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!

7 months ago

Nice views. Fully paved

8 months ago

good challenging ride.

9 months ago

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

10 months ago

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

10 months ago

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!

10 months ago

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

11 months ago

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.

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