Trail Run at Sweeney Ridge

San Francisco Sweeney Ridge Trail

Added by Christopher Bobel

This is a great (painful) workout, especially if you're driving back up to SF from the peninsula or vice versa. If you get too hot running during the summer, don't worry, the fog will likely be present. This is a 5.7 mile roundtrip hike/run with a challenging elevation gain in the first 1.5 miles.

Starting from the parking lot on Sneath Lane Trail, you’ll head through the gate and continue on the path up Sweeney Ridge. This is a 5.7 mile out-and-back trek. There is a 600 ft. elevation gain, which comes mainly in the first 1.5 miles of the trail. Your legs and lungs may hurt a bit, but if there’s no fog, it's worth the reward. On a clear day, you’ll be able to view the Pacific, Montara Mountain, Pacifica, etc. During the summer, try to run or hike this trail earlier in the day as the fog rolls in by the afternoon, making for a pretty cold experience. If you've ever driven north on the 280 up to SF and see a huge fog bank on the horizon, it starts more or less where this trail is. With that said, you may want to bring a jacket just in case. If you need to pick up water, there's a 76 Station right past the off-ramp when you get off at Sneath Blvd.

Pack List

  • Athletic clothes
  • Good running or trail running shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Lightweight jacket (depending on fog and wind)
  • Camera/phone to capture the view from Sweeney Ridge
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Activities:

Fitness, Hiking, Running

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

5.7 Miles

Elev. Gain:

600 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Scenic

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12 months ago

Fun Sunday Hike

I really enjoyed this hike this morning. A few things: dogs are allowed on leash, The trail is also all paved which made for a nice walk without mud after all these rains. At the top is Nike Missile Site SF 51 that was super fun to explore. The view is gorgeous with views of the bay, south San Francisco and the Pacific. Make sure to bring a jacket as it can get pretty windy at the top.

12 months ago

over 1 year ago

This is a beautiful trail. Even if it's foggy, it'll feel like you're sitting on the clouds.

over 1 year ago

over 2 years ago

This run is great hill training. If you start from the trail head, it's a will-shattering (depending on your level) 1.7-mile climb. But the payoff if an beautiful view of Pacifica and the Bay. Tip: Start slow on the hill and then enjoy the run along the ridge.

over 2 years ago

almost 3 years ago

Thanks David, the driving directions have been updated. Hope you had a good run!

almost 3 years ago

almost 3 years ago

The link in this article for driving directions needs to be updated. I went to go do this run this past weekend and simply followed the intructions on the link which goes to the middle of a trail and ultimately lands you about 8 miles from where you need to be. Luckily I figured it out and only lost about 15 minutes. The correct location that works in Google Maps is: Sneath Lane Trail Parking, Sneath Ln, San Bruno, CA 94066

almost 3 years ago

over 3 years ago

5 star for the workout, 3 star for the weather. It was 80+ driving up the 280 from Palo Alto. When I got to the top in shorts and a t-shirt, it was really cold, the fog had rolled in, and it looked like it might rain. Keep that in mind pre-run.

over 3 years ago

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