High on Hippie Tree

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Visited: January 1, 2016 

Description: A beautiful viewpoint in Tiburon

Length: 0.25 miles roundtrip

Elevation: ~50 feet

Duration: 15 minutes or more

Difficulty: Easy

Terrain: Dirt Trail

Wildlife: Coyotes, deer, snakes & rabbits… But we didn’t see any 😦

Parking: Street (37.890180, -122.471599)

Pets: Dog-friendly

Best time to go: Anytime

Bring: Camera

As we say goodbye to past adventures of 2015, the HikeSnobs were ready to welcome the new adventures of 2016. We wanted to start the new year right and what’s better than exploring some of San Francisco’s most beautiful neighboring cities right across the Golden Gate Bridge? Staying local was definitely the best option for us since we just celebrated the countdown to New Year’s Eve.

Only 15 minutes north of Golden Gate Bridge is Hippie Tree. Getting here is fairly easy if you follow the coordinates. Up the hill, we found limited parking on the right side of the street. Luckily, we got there early so we had no trouble finding parking. We had the whole park to ourselves!

Once parked, the trail can be easily spotted on the left.


As we followed the trail, we knew we were minutes away from one of the most stunning viewpoints in Tiburon. We caught beautiful views the entire way up.


When the trail split into two, we veered left and continued on the trail. The trail to the right just takes you to a higher viewpoint but there’s no swing up there and HikeSnobs ain’t about that no-swing life.

Turning left, we quickly spotted a giant eucalyptus tree with a rope swing and rushed over. The view was absolutely incredible. The crisp blue water of the bay with an outline of San Francisco truly made this place remarkable. We got there just as the sun began to rise over the hill. The glowing rays gave this park a magical vibrancy. It was a good start to the new year already.

The swing looks so lonely… Good thing we’re here!

We admired the view for a bit but now it was time for us to start swinging away. We were only a few feet from the rope swing but we could already tell the swing was hung way too high. The base of the swing fell right at our chest 😥


Despite our efforts to pull ourselves up, we eventually turned to our friend Ricardo who carried us swiftly onto the swing.

Like a damsel in distress, Ricardo came to the rescue!

Much better! We were able to freely swing and fully take in what the Hippie Tree had to offer.

How relaxing it is to be a grown-up kid

Here’s to a new year with even more HikeSnob adventures!!! Hopefully with less injuries this year 😀

@HikeSnobs Tips:

  • The swing is pretty high up. Remember to bring your own Ricardo if you are vertically challenged.
  • If you would like to rent a Ricardo for a day: $50/hour plus food. Serious inquiries only please 😛

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