If you’re like me and you look on Instagram to find cool places to visit in certain cities then this post is for you. 🙂
Below, I’ll show you how to find the famous San Francisco swing that has a view of the Golden Gate bridge located in Kirby Cove!
**NOTE** As of June 2018 I’ve had multiple reports that the swing has been cut down (for now). Many times people will rebuild swings in San Francisco, so it might still be worth it to check yourself and see if it’s still there!
This is not the same swing as the one on Billy Goat Hill. The Billy Goat Hill swing is also cool and has a view of San Francisco, but every time I’ve gone, the swing has been chopped down. You have to get lucky for that one since it’s somewhat dangerous and not always up.
Before leaving on my trip around the world, I was trying to get as much hiking and bucket list crossing off as I could. This is how I stumbled upon the Kirby Cove hike to the swing and decided to go with co-workers one day before work. Unfortunately, it was super cloudy that morning, but if you time it right you’ll get amazing shots!
Also, when I say ‘hike’ I mean it extremely loosely. This was barely a hike at all (more like a walk) so don’t even worry! Below are the directions to the swing. It’s super easy if you’re coming from SF!
(road/path to Kirby Cove)
Directions to the Swing/Kirby Cove Hike:
When coming from the city, take the Alexander Ave. exit right after you get off of the Golden Gate bridge. Then loop around the road and take a right on Conzelman Road. Drive up to the first lookout point called, Golden Gate Bridge Vista Point. Park here and once you’ve parked, look to the right and you’ll see a sign that says Kirby Cove Campground. Follow that for about a mile downhill and you’ll arrive to the cove! More info here if you need it.
WHAT TO PACK FOR HIKING IN SAN FRANCISCO/BAY AREA
(me struggling to get on the swing…haha)
If you’re interested in another awesome sunrise hike with great views of the Golden Gate Bridge, I highly recommend trying Hawk Hill. My girlfriends and I had so much fun and the views of the Golden Gate Bridge are stunning. It’s also not a hard hike at all, but perfect wake-up in the morning!
Do you guys know of any other secret spots in San Francisco? If so, leave a comment!
Welcome to the Traveling Spud! I’m Katie, a 30 something from Idaho who quit her marketing job in San Francisco, California to travel the world for a year. After a trip around the world, my heart chose Idaho. I'm addicted to outdoor adventures, photography, and inspiring others to get out of their comfort zones and cross experiences off of their bucket lists. Let's explore together! Read more here.