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Hike to these hidden rope swings with gorgeous views of the Bay Area

By Matt Charnock

Ready your smartphones and drag along a willing friend to give you a push. Here are five scenic swings in the Bay Area to release your inner child. 

Perhaps the most photographed swing in the city resides on Billy Goat Hill, where residents can swing while admiring and expansive view of the San Francisco Bay and downtown SF. Take advantage of the newly renovated trail to hike up and down the hill as well. 

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Kirby Cove

You might be aware that you can camp at Kirby Cove, but you might not know about the secret rope swing that lives there too. A short walk from the cove’s beach, you'll find the rope swing dangling between two old trees (facing west toward the Golden Gate Bridge). Bring your binoculars if you want to see the bottlenose dolphins that frequent the nearby waters. 

Tank Hill

Tank Hill boasts one of the best views of the entire city, spanning from Baker Beach near the Golden Gate Bridge to the Embarcadero. So, naturally, Tank Hill is also home to not one, but two, rope swings. Situated at the peak of the hill, the swing is a great place visit at night to take in the sparkling lights. Parking can be tough, though, so plan to use a ride sharing app or park along Carmel Street and walk the half-mile to the summit.

Lands End

One of the city’s best kept secrets is the small, quaint rope swing located northeast of the Lands End plateau (near where the labyrinth is located). But, if you take the time to seek it out, you’ll be rewarded with some of the best views of the Pacific in the Bay Area. While you’re there, check out the famous Lands End labyrinth, too. 

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Hippy Tree

This Marin gem is a must-do for the sight-seekers with glorious, full views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands. Just check the weather before you head out, heavy fog is sure to obstruct the otherwise clear views.

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