San Francisco is an amazing city, one with many hidden gems and so may adventures to be had. I took an amazing road trip from San Diego to Portland and made a one night stop in San Francisco. With only a little bit of time I knew I had to hit the big must do’s. One thing I had to do was visit Kirby Cove and the infamous swing. Kirby Cove is a small hidden beach at the bottom of the entrance to the Golden Gate Bridge. You can even camp there at the campground. It such a beautiful location, very private and great views. It has such an amazing view of the bridge at the bottom and of course the swing!
Now let me explain when I say it is a far walk down, I mean it is a FAR walk down. Let me tell you when I say I was unprepared I truly mean it. I was in a summer dress, and some wedges and the whole path down was gravel. Plus I wanted to go at sunset, so it was foggy and cold. My poor mother thought it was like a five minute thing…oops! If you plan on visiting there are a few things you should be mindful of.
First, the entrance is a little hidden from those who don’t know where to look. Think room of requirement in Harry Potter (yes I use geek references, I can’t help it!) When you arrive at the view point of the bridge, you park and before you start walking to the bridge, to the right their will be a utility dirt road. There will be a gate that blocks cars from entering but you can hop on over it. You will go down about a mile or so, please keep in mind it is gravel so if you are going for a cute insta shot, wear shoes and carry your sandals down. One you will save your shoes, there is mud, rocks and your going at a decline so you will slide a bit. You will arrive at a campground, just walk on through heading towards the beach. Once at the beach to the left towards the bridge, there will be the swing. Now it does get taken down from time to time and each time its put up its a little different. When I visited it was so close to the tree it was one hard to get into (wear pants or you will flash everyone) and two really hard to get the swing motion.
- Wear shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty
- Wear shorts or pants (trust me)
- Bring a jacket it gets really cold and windy
- Go either at Sunrise or Sunset to avoid the crowds
- Enjoy the beach, most people go for the swing but Kirby Cove is such a gorgeous hidden beach
Keep a wandering spirit my friends and thanks for following along!