Sweeney Ridge Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Pacifica, California. It is within Sweeney Ridge (GGNRA). It is 2.2 miles long and begins at 1,255 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 548 feet.
Sweeney Ridge Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This hike starts with 550 feet of climbing, which isn’t all bad, especially if the dogs have been in the car for any length of time. The views start on your left as you climb, with San Andreas Lake coming into focus, then Crystal Springs. While there are four access points total to this area, this trek brings you up the ridge directly to the Portola Discovery Site. In 1769, an expedition led by Don Gaspar de Portola was charged with finding an overland route to Monterey Bay. The Spanish party left Mexico with sixty-four men and 200 horses, including one scout, Jose Francisco Ortega. Ortega climbed the ridge near the group’s camp (in the Linda Mar area of Pacifica today) and said he saw “an enormous area of the sea, or estuary, which shot inland as far as the eye could see.” He became the first European to see San Francisco Bay."
--Thom Gabrukiewicz, Best Hikes with Dogs: Bay Area & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books).
"I don’t live in the Bay Area; if I did, I’d take the dogs on this hike as many times as I could."
--Jason Fator, Best Hikes With Dogs: San Francisco Bay Area and Beyond (The Mountaineers Books).
"The Sweeney Ridge addition to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area takes in the high ridge just north of Montara Mountain. Its grassy hilltop commands sweeping views of ocean and Bay. From this site Gaspar de Portolá’s scouts first saw the expanse of water now known as San Francisco Bay. This trail guide includes the following trails: From Sneath Lane to the Discovery Site, Up Mori Ridge to the Discovery Site, Sweeny Ridge Trail from Skyline College to the Discovery Site."
--Jean Rusmore, Betsy Crowder, Frances Spangle, & Sue LaTourrette, Peninsula Trail: Hiking & Biking Trails on the San Francisco Peninsula (Wilderness Press).
"This small open space area on scrub-covered moors is for locals an oasis in an urban desert that includes the San Francisco International Airport and the busy freeway corridors. Protected as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in 1984, the ridge (at about 1,250 feet) offers 360-degree views of up to 30 miles on clear days. Bring a jacket if the weather is cold, as daytime temperatures can range from the upper 20s in January to 100 degrees in September. The north ridge is home to an abandoned Nike missile site. The south ridge offers short, single-track trails that leave civilization behind for a time. Trails Surface: A paved path takes you up to the ridge. A doubletrack dirt trail goes the length of the ridge, with very narrow singletrack dirt trails creating a loop on the south end."
--Linda Hamilton, Best Hikes Near San Francisco (Falcon Guides).
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