San Francisco: Sweeney Ridge

This 7.4-mile hike heads into the Coast Mountains and onto the spot where explorers first discovered San Francisco Bay. Look for wild cat and badger tracks along the way.
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This 7.4-mile hike heads into the Coast Mountains and onto the spot where explorers first discovered San Francisco Bay. Look for wild cat and badger tracks along the way.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 8.3

Waypoints

SRT001

Location: 37.6194000244141, -122.454246520996

Start S on paved path dipping into ravine

SRT002

Location: 37.6169319152832, -122.45263671875

Bear R @ Y; continue on paved path

SRT003

Location: 37.6109466552734, -122.454765319824

Fog line begins; on cloudy days, follow yellow line in path as guide

SRT004

Location: 37.6058502197266, -122.458633422852

L @ 3-way onto Sweeney Ridge

SRT005

Location: 37.6051330566406, -122.458351135254

Detour L to the purported spot where the Spanish expedition of Captain Gaspar de Portola first spotted San Francisco Bay

SRT006

Location: 37.6044502258301, -122.458183288574

Continue straight

SRT007

Location: 37.599365234375, -122.453735351562

Bear R; in .4 mile, turn R onto Horse Trail

SRT008

Location: 37.5946998596191, -122.444549560547

Views of Pacific Ocean; turn around @ gate and head NW

SRT009

Location: 37.5954818725586, -122.446029663086

Go straight @ next 2 intersections

SRT010

Location: 37.6044654846191, -122.458114624023

Bear R @ Y

SRT011

Location: 37.6058349609375, -122.458450317383

L @ 3-way onto paved path

SRT012

Location: 37.613166809082, -122.45881652832

Bear L @ Y; old site for Cold War-era missile control station; backtrack to Waypoint 11, then turn L

SRT013

Location: 37.619083404541, -122.453834533691

L @ Y; follow path back to trailhead