Trail Run at Sweeney Ridge

5.7 Miles Round Trip - 600 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Sweeney Ridge Trail - Search Nearby - 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.

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Fitness
Running
Hiking
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Scenic

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5.7 Miles
600 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

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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.