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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.

Length 7.7 mi Elevation gain 1,669 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Mountain biking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Partially paved Views Wild flowers Wildlife No shade
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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.

-Park at the Skyline College staging area. -There is a restroom at the top of the Ridge.

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Saint Snoodle
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Hiking

Pros: easy climbing grade, amazing views reveal themselves as you approach the top. Cons: SO MUCH DOG POOP. Bagged and unbagged, scattered on the trail sides and even in the middle of the trail. There’s a trash can at the trail head. Dog owners aren’t using it.

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Tracy Baudoin
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HikingGreat!No shade
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T G
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Edgar Arias
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HikingGreat!
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Nigina Baimukhamedova
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HikingNo shade

Come here on a weekly basis now! Very nice. There is a steep part, but it’s mostly easy and if you’re lucky, and it’s not foggy, you’ll see peninsula!

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Angela Hu
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Hiking

Well maintained. Sunny so bring a hat. Occasionally windy. The hills are hilly but short.

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Nathan Koff
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Mountain biking

Great eBike ride, steep 1 mile trail section would a challenge without assistance

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Brad Tuthill
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Mountain bikingNo shade
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Selina Bing
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Hiking

No shade so bring lots of water! The view is amazing. Incline on the way back gets a bit tiring.

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Paul Ghidossi
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RunningNo shade

Starting at the GATE on Sneath Ln, it is almost exactly 2 miles UP to the top. From that point onward, its easy to go down to HWY 1, arriving at the Orchid garden store. I usually continue along HWY 1 heading north and then take a trail that ends up at the top of Sharp Park. I do all this RUNNING, but if you want to simplify things, when you get to the Orchid garden, make your way to the cafe nearby, and from there just UBER back, (why kill yourself going all the way back up?) About half is dirt, but simple running shoes are good enough. There are some spots when coming down from the mountain that could be a little slippery, but otherwise, its easy. Bring water!

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Sharon Guan
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Hiking

More of a harder moderate trail than a hard trail. Virtually no shade so bring a hat and lots of water! Gorgeous hike all around with gradual hills / nothing too strenuous. Decent amount of people at the beginning/end and near the beach but otherwise, there weren’t that many people on the trail/there was plenty of space to social distance. Pretty much everyone used masks and followed social distance etiquette.

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Don Martin
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Bea Sebastian
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Hiking

great views but no shade at all.

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Cate Cattano
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HikingGreat!
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Sky McReynolds
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Hiking

Very satisfying, scenic trail. A little windy at night but also gorgeous views on the way up and at the overlooks.

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Gaozong Yang
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Lillian Chan
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Hiking

Great in the summer at sunset. Lovely scenic view of the Bay Area skyline at the top. It’s also a good workout since it’s uphill. Highly recommend with friends in the summer. In the winter it’s a bit too windy for me.

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gemma Buenrostro
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RunningNo shade

Nice Views!

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Ruben Gonsales
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble
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Chiara Figari
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HikingNo shade

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

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Steve Kazan
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HikingNo shade

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.

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Nhuquynh Nguyen
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Hiking

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

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Alexa Marquez
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Hiking

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.

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Schuylar Hurd-Johnson
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Hiking

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.

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Amit Shah
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Hiking

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

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Anna McCaffrey
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Hiking

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

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