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Pets allowed
Allowed
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
2.40 mi (3.86 km)
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The Mori Ridge Trail begins in Pacifica’s Vallemar District and ascends Sweeney Ridge in a short and steep 2-mile climb. Sweeney Ridge is part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and it marks the northern termination of the Santa Cruz Mountains. 

Panoramic views from the summit include the Pacific Ocean, San Francisco Bay, the Marin Headlands, and Mount Diablo. On a perfectly clear day, the Farallon Islands can be seen on the western horizon. 

The broad service road that traverses Mori Ridge is open to hikers, mountain bikers and horses. From the summit, many continue north to the Notch Trail or south to the Sweeney Ridge Trail. Notch Trail does not allow horses or bikes, however. 

A there-and-back trip from the Mori Ridge Trailhead to the junction of Sweeny Ridge Trail and Notch Trail is roughly 4 miles with 1,020 feet of elevation change. The exposed trail features a variety of wildlife and flowers in addition to the stunning Pacific views. Temperatures can change quickly as the fog rolls in, so dress accordingly. No water or restrooms exist on the trail.   

Trailhead parking is available behind Shelldance Orchid Nursery east of Highway 1, just south of Westport Drive.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Close to San Francisco. Joins with additional trails. Coastal views.

Cons

Exposed. Poison oak. Residential.

Trailhead Elevation

130.00 ft (39.62 m)

Net Elevation Gain

1,020.00 ft (310.90 m)

Features

Bird watching
Wildlife
Big vistas
Wildflowers

Suitable for

Biking
Horseback

Location

Field Guide + Map

Nearby Adventures

San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California
San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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