Lose a Pound with your Hound at Sweeney Ridge Trail

Sweeney Ridge, Golden Gate National Park,

The Sweeney Ridge Trail is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Mateo County. This hike with your hound is not a gentle stroll. It is a fat burner. I literally lost a pound. The hike is 5.7 miles and climbs 600 feet up Sneath Lane Trail. Once you get to the top, the trail is nearly level and there are panoramic views of the ocean and the San Francisco peninsula. Dogs are allowed on leash on the trail.

Sneath Lane Trail

To get to the trailhead exit Sneath Lane from I-280.  Drive west about 2 miles and you will see a small parking area for about 15 cars.  There is no entrance or parking fees.  There are also no restrooms or maps.  The trail is paved and starts from a gate at the end of Sneath Lane.  Sneath Lane Trail meets Sweeney Ridge Trail about 1.66 miles into the hike.  There is a junction with a paved trail to the north and a dirt trail to the south.  The paved trail to the north only goes as far as the Nike site.  The Sweeney Ridge Trail continues to the south. 

For more information about the Sweeney Ridge Trail, the following books are good resources:
Peninsula Trails: Outdoor Adventures on the San Francisco Peninsula (Trails)

The Bay Area Ridge Trail: Ridgetop Adventures Above San Francisco Bay