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Sweeney Ridge Trail via Sneath Lane

moderate(331)
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

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

partially paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no shade

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
5 days 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
1 month 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
2 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
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

it was great

running
no shade
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

First mike 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
5 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
5 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!

hiking
closed
6 months ago

The nike missile silo has been completely razed.

hiking
7 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
7 months ago

Graffiti wall is destroyed.

hiking
no shade
7 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
8 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
8 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
9 months ago

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

hiking
no shade
9 months ago

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.

hiking
no shade
9 months ago

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

hiking
no shade
9 months ago

9 months ago

mostly uphill climb but great views

hiking
10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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

hiking
Sun Mar 31 2019

Fantastic views at each cardinal direction: the largest cache in the Hetch Hetchy water system to the South, the point where the San Andreas Fault goes offshore to the West (Mori), the hills of San Francisco to the North and the perpetual weaving of international flight patterning into surface flows to the East (SFO).

Sun Jan 27 2019

First time I did this hike, probably 8-10 yrs ago, when I reached the summit I remember thinking "this is an awesome view but I never need to make that steep climb again." Fast forward and now I'm ready to return, looking forward to seeing if much has changed. Great work out, great exploring at the top.

backpacking
no shade
Tue Jan 22 2019

good for running, cycling and hiking. I spent a half day hiking and found it challenging enough in parts to slow some people down as it's very steep and mostly exposed. The Moni Point hike up to Sweeney Ridge (opposite direction to Sneath Trail) is the longest, steepest part (but does have trees and some shade); easier if you end walking down that part! we had a Lyft pick us up, otherwise you need to hike back to your starting point as there's no loop trail. fascinating history. good idea to read up before going. lots of wildlife and even some color in winter, like small flowers/shrubs blooming. if you're quiet, you will see much more small wildlife! red tailed eagles gliding. absolutely necessary to bring snacks and water as you don't have access to much shade, water or toilet (there's 1 but not clean). (I'm a just in case person!) even on sunny, warm days, it can get suddenly windy and cold, so bring an extra layer, unless you intend to run or walk a shorter track than fully east to west coast.

running
Mon Dec 31 2018

If you are a runner, this trail is challenging! Steep inclines, Half paved / half trail so if you're more of a trail runner make sure you're wearing trail running shoes! I had to slow down a lot when I hit the dirt since I was wearing road shoes. Mostly open and unshaded so bring sunglasses or a hat if its a clear day. The fog rolls in from the Pacifica side so also layer up! Cool views of the bay! Great workout if you're training for a hilly race! Please keep in mind the one restroom on the trail is unkept and really gross which was very disappointing because it forced me to end my run early.

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