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Picked a beautiful day and the views to the south of San Francico including the airport in detail and the E. Bay and part of Christal Springs Resevoir were stunning. At the top the Pacific wasn’t too bad looking itself. Trail is actually an old paved road bending as it climbs. Gave me a solid challenging walk but my dog was unphased. Sides of the road had a fine smorgasboard of native plants in good health.

Nice hike. At the end it is a bit of a steep drop and trail turns from nice to a bit over grown.

Park in the visitors parking lot and walk over. Generally a really nice trail with a few steep hikes and a nice view at the halfway point. Would recommend going clockwise; don’t recommend crossing the highway where specified when leaving the beach. We went around to the next stop and used an underpass by the golf course rather than crossing a 4 lane highway without a stop light.

Not sure why the Alltrails description says forest because it's more like moor with a few eucalyptus trees. Not much shade. There is a little parking at the trail head. More than half is paved road but that makes the steep bits easier. Some very strong wind on the ascent. Absolutely stunning views of the Bay and the sea, hugely worth the climb.

Great hike on a foggy summer day

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.

Graffiti wall is destroyed.

Couldn’t do it because, after driving here, I was surprised to find that the entrance is at a college where there’s no visitor parking anywhere

Took me 5 hrs. Very nice trail, not overgrown at all. The only problem is hard to find your way. There’s a turning point where you see a church but the road is fenced up - you can just walk around the fence the entrance is very hidden

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.

Nice route, thanks for whoever started recording this one. Lots of different things to see. I’m finding that I like the Pacifica area for hiking more and more. Agree to do this counter clockwise. Best to hike uphill on farralon view trail. Super steep.

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.

it was paved most of the way, steep uphill initially. foggy and windy almost the entire time. good walk though

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no shade
2 months ago

You can’t get any better than the California coast

I really enjoyed this hike. Trail conditions were very good. I would say this is a moderate hike, with just a few places that you need to scramble, which are mainly on the coast. Nice cool foggy day. It is mostly in the open, so sunscreen is a must.

Nice trail with some good uphills! It was cold and foggy, but that is to be expected during the SF summer months. We did hike this clockwise, and we were glad we did because it would have been difficult to find the Farallones View Trail from Rockaway Beach. Parked at Skyline college right near the trailhead - it seemed like no permits were required for the weekend days.

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

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no shade
3 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.

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no shade
3 months ago

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

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no shade
3 months ago

mostly uphill climb but great views

This was an amazing hike. I am from Michigan and there is nothing like this there. it is challenging took me about 7 hours. Went counter clockwise so north at the split. I stopped in Pacifica for food at about 8 miles. Amazing views, well kept trails, even added quit a few extra connections of my own. You need to do this hike!

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scramble
3 months ago

Great trails & views! Mori Point & the coastline is spectacular & a great place to chill & recuperate before heading up Sweeney Ridge. Almost forgot how challenging it was, but it sure reminded me to never forget again

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

hiking
3 months ago

Paved trail with some steep climbs. Great views of San Andreas lake and SF bay, but only on a clear day when Karl the fog isn't blowing through. Layer up since it's cold &windy at the top. Nike missile site was demolished April 2019, so not much to see there anymore. A nice little walk overall though.

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

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