From the rhythmic beat of hand drummers to the questionable smoke signal swirls, you truly have no idea what you’ll discover on Hippie Hill. Depending on whose lens you choose to view the atmosphere of the infamous meadow and sloping hill that notoriously received its name from being a gathering spot during the 1960s, it’s a fascinating fixture in Golden Gate Park. When the field isn’t ultra- packed, Hippie Hill is an interesting place to enjoy the sights and sounds of a sunny day at the park.
Things to Do
Sprawled out with a book across the spacious open field, catching the rejuvenating rays of the sun, or enjoying a toss of the Frisbee, the colorful cast of characters at Hippie Hill is never-ending. People-watching is definitely a favorite pastime of Hippie Hill visitors. For some, there is something somewhat magical about visiting a place that at one time attracted the likes of Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead.
Adults enjoy bringing lawn chairs, blankets, picnic lunches, canopies, and other accessories that helps usher in a lazy day. On the weekends, drum circles are commonplace. Perhaps you can teach an old or new dog a few tricks, as many visitors bring their faithful companion along to the Hill. However, keep in mind that this is probably not the best place for an outing with the youngsters.
Hippie Hill is found on the eastern end of Golden Gate Park. Head for the hill located in between the Conservatory of Flowers and Haight Street.