Shelldance Nursery to Milagra Ridge
9.0 miles     1800 ft
28 Jul 2012

Panoramic Views of Pacific Ocean and the city of Pacifica as the hike goes through green rolling hills.

Location: Sweeney RidgeMilagra Ridge

Elevation Profile
Trip Planning

Trail Maps

» Trail Map by National Park Service: Good map showing various trails. Mileage information is missing.


To Skyline College (2.3 miles): From Shelldance Nursery, follow Mori Ridge Trail (1.3 miles), a fire road that climbs quickly with a few steep sections. Turn left on Sweeney Ridge Trail (0.5 miles) to reach Coast Guard Site, a dilapidated building atop a hill. Continue along Sweeney Ridge Trail (0.5 miles) to reach Skyline College parking lot.

To Milagra Ridge (2.2 miles) : From Skyline College parking lot, continue walking straight ahead (0.7 miles), walking through the college to reach College Drive. Turn left on College Drive, then right on College Road to reach an intersection with Sharp Park Rd. There is a prominent sign for Milagra Ridge at this intersection. Continue along a paved road (0.2 miles) to reach the entrance for Milagra Ridge. Walk along Summit Trail (1.3 miles) to reach the summit. There are several overlook points along this trail that offer great views of the city of Pacifica, Sharp Park Beach and Mori Point.

To Shelldance Nursery (4.5 miles): Retrace your steps back to Shelldance Nursery parking lot.


Location: Shelldance Orchid Gardens, 2000 Coast Highway, Pacifica, CA 94044 . Parking area is visible in Google Maps if you zoom in sufficiently.

Directions: From Hwy 280, take CA-1 South and drive for 5.6 miles. Make a U-Turn at Reina Del Mar Avenue, drive for 0.3 miles to reach Shelldance Nursery on the right. A steep road take you up to a large parking lot for Sweeney Ridge.

Google Maps:

Parking Fees: None (last visited: July 2012)

Capacity: Over 30 cars may be parked here. Plenty of parking space.

Latitude: 37.617268     Longitude: -122.483582

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