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.

Length7.7 miElevation gain1,669 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingrunningPartially pavedViewsWildflowersWildlifeNo 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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Oliver NB
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WalkingGreat!
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Maria Tam
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HikingGreat!Muddy

From Sneath Lane to the Nike Missile base is about 2 miles and paved road. Sad to see that the dog owners don’t take the responsibility to pickup after their dogs. After the Nike Missile is dirt road and more pleasant hike, took the Mori Ridge/Skyline trail, lots of steps, view of the SSF and Pacifica at the top. Fewer people than the paved road. Great trail overall.

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Kiho Kim
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HikingGreat!

Nice hike with some interesting views of both South San Francisco and then later on the coast. Giving a 4/5 because it was cloudy and so the views weren’t great. I’ll try coming back on a better day to see how it is then.

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Paul Handly
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Pretty in a foggy day. Sneath without a view is pretty much a hill climb up the fire road. Would try again with a higher or lower cloud deck when you might get a view.

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Corrine S
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Hiking

Good climb and good views. Glad to have my hiking poles for the way out. But they took out the Nike Missile Base buildings with the cool graffiti art and that was a huge draw for Sweeney ridge so that really sucks.

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Stephen Marrone
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Hiking

Great open trail with some steep uphills.

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Prajin Jonchhe
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Don Martin
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Stephen Tyler
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HikingGreat!

Trail was in great condition, and beautiful views of the ocean, bay, SF, and surrounding mountains throughout. Basically the entire hike, you’re going up/down hill with very little flat terrain, so be prepared for that. Overall, an enjoyable, moderate difficulty hike.

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Van Giang
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Denise Ratto
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Hiking

I've enjoy the hike up from Sneath Lane to the top of the Sweeney ridge trail and thought I'd go a little further than normal and ended up taking the Mori Trail The first half mile down has beautiful scenery of the towns below The rest is a lot of dirt trail that just kept descending. The problem was I had to turn around and walk back up it. But somehow I made it back. ^^

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Don Martin
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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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John Rabiah
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Tracy Baudoin
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HikingGreat!No shade
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Cristina Castro
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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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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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great views but no shade at all.

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Cate Cattano
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HikingGreat!
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