I was reading my son’s Redwood HS Bark (school newspaper) end-of-year edition, and saw Michaela Ravasio’s photos of great summer secret spots in Marin. Two of the places (Inkwells and Cascade Falls) she photographed were places I’ve already blogged about, but two I haven’t. One of these, the Hippie Tree, I’d never even heard of. So, naturally, my curiosity was piqued.
There were only a couple of references to it I could find on Google (one in Tam High’s online newspaper and the other in Drake’s) and there were no maps, but I did get written directions from one of the articles. So, Noah and I hopped in the car and headed down Tiburon Boulevard. However, the directions were not quite right, so we did a bit of searching, and asked of a number of walkers if they’d ever heard of the Hippie Tree. The first three had never heard of it, even though they said they were long-time Tiburon residents, but the fourth one thought he knew of a “weird” tree with a swing off of Gilmartin Drive. We headed over and found it easily.
The path to the Hippie Tree, which you can see on the hill from the road, is a fire road to a dirt trail. The land it sits on is public, owned by the Town of Tiburon. It is an old, giant Eucalyptus tree, that really looks like the tree that the Swiss Family Robinson built their treehouse in. It’s easy (enough) to climb up and onto one of the many horizontal branches to just hang out. And, of course, it’s perfect for a rope swing, which someone has constructed.
The swing is very sturdily built and arcs way out over the hill, so you really get quite high up off the ground (thrilling!). The view is fabulous – from Richardson Bay and Mt. Tam to the Golden Gate Bridge towers, Belvedere and San Francisco. A definite must-do for us swing-lovers!
Where: Entrance to the fire road is across from 100 Gilmartin Drive, Tiburon, 94920 (map)