9 Best Places To Smoke Weed In Oakland
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Although most of us will agree that any place you can smoke weed is a good place to smoke weed, some areas certainly have more to offer than others. These nine spots have proven to be some of the best views in Oakland, as well as the most marijuana friendly (as in the occasional unbothered cop MIGHT pass by and throw a few stares). If you’re on the go in Oakland and find yourself with the sudden urge to chief the reef, mosey on over to one of the following spliff sparkin’ sanctuaries and see for yourself how our favorable city is definitely one of the most underrated in the U.S.
[if you feel we’ve missed any that should have been included, then call us out in the Comments section below to ensure a most accurate guide of the best places to get high in the Oakland area]
9. Morcom Amphitheater of Roses
Every so often, we are encouraged by others to slow down, take a break, and appreciate life in all its little moments; to “stop and smell the roses”. I fully advocate that, but roses are definitely not the only flower worth stopping to recognize. Wouldn’t those roses smell so much better if the air around them was enhanced with a little bit of cheeb? You can have it all here. However, as tempting as it may be after you’re properly and particularly elevated, DO NOT climb into any of the water features. Not even for a second. You will be asked to leave, and nothing stomps out a high quicker than being booted out of a rose amphitheater when you’re just trying to see the beauty in life, man.
8. Fire Trails behind UC Berkeley
It’s no coincidence that these are called the ‘fire trails’ – everything and everyone on this path is blazing. [ *Bonus point: The Woodbridge Grove off of the fire trails has a few steep foot trails deeeeeep where the sun don’t shine, and the area stays shady all day. If you’re in this more for the nature and less for the views, feel as if you need a minute of privacy, or maybe even just need to take a minute to cool down – this would be your optimal spot.
7. Grizzly Peak Summit
This is the quintessential viewpoint of Oakland. After you’re lucky enough to find parking, there’s plenty of stumps and logs to sit on while you take in the scenery – and sitting on trees while you’re burning through trees is a pretty damn fine way to get in touch with nature if you ask me. If you drive up on a clear morning, you can see all the way across the bay to the Golden Gate Bridge, despite the amount of haze and smoke coming from any one of your fellow onlookers. If you can’t make it at during the day, the night time atmosphere has just as much to offer with sweeping views of the entire Bay Area and the illuminated Bay Bridge. Be mindful that driving to this summit requires you to drive up a mountain through some very abrupt and winding roads – it’s best to blaze and take in the view for awhile before getting in your car and heading back down.
6. Mountain View Cemetery
All your friends busy and you’re just dying (HA!) to have a sesh? I can tell you from experience, lighting one up with the deceased is a fail proof way to have a solid burn. The graves are all marked with plenty of great architecture to sprawl out on while you spark up a doob. If you climb all the way to the top of the hill on a bright day, you can see as far out as south San Francisco. Remember, in order to avoid your actions being interpreted as ‘disrespectful to the dead’, discard your last hit in remembrance and dedication to the person in the resting place that you are chiefin’ on. [ *Bonus point: During the holidays, they string up Christmas lights up all over the place and the result is a serious trippy undead-disco vibe; perfect place to pop an edible at night and get lost. ]
5. Steps of the Cleveland Cascade
There is usually a good number of people here working out, running the stairs, or partaking in some kind of athletic ‘boot camp’. But with a solid number of benches lining the perimeter, you can have a seat and show them who’s really got the lung capacity and endurance while you blaze through bowl after bowl. Posting up near the bottom of the stairs and smoking a light sativa will give you the bump you need to swiftly run to the top and check out the killer views while of course, smoking another bowl before you head down.
4. Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park
When MLK said he had a dream, hoards of stoners gathering in the park to roast some nugs while playing frisbee and napping with their dogs was definitely part of the picture. This park is ideal because it’s only a few blocks away from the epicenter of downtown Berkeley – which means there is HELLA cuisine around to top off those munchies that will inevitably come creeping in after your sesh.
3. Snow Park
If you’re in Downtown Oakland and don’t have the time to walk alllllllllll the way around Lake Merritt just to get to Lakeside Park, this is a great spot. There are several shady trees and a few benches (one or more of which is usually occupied by someone already smoking weed) for you to flop down on and roll one up. The lake and cityscape views make this the perfect place if you need to quickly escape the hustle and chaos of downtown – at least, that is what one could assume judging from the large amount of men in suits here hastily toking up with their one hitters before heading back up towards Broadway.
2. Albany Bulb
This landfill turned hiking site turned adult playground has an abundance of large art installations all scattered along the coast for your climbing pleasure. There is no shortage of large formations constructed of rusted beams or repurposed garbage just waiting for you to claim them as your own while you fire up a hefty J. Dogs love this place almost as much as potheads, so if you have a pooch, bring ’em along for your beachside burn.
1. Lake Merritt Lakeside Park
Realistically, what tokin’ Oakland resident hasn’t blazed by the lake at least once? Every stoner in Oakland has a certain area by the lake that they are accustomed to visiting on a sunny day. It’s almost perfectly picturesque here, (especially after you’re sufficiently high enough to look past the fact that the lake is filled with garbage) and with the bird conservatory nearby, there is a ton of wildlife to light up with. And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can even rent a boat from the lakeside boating center and row out to the middle of the lake for a fat nautical bowl.
These places are constantly burnin’ and turnin’ people out at all hours of the day. Know that you can fearlessly flame up that fatty tucked in your pocket if you’re at one of these locations – you’re almost expected to. We are totally aware that there is a shit ton of booming locations in Oakland to smoke weed at (like we said, most public property), but when it comes to awe-inducing views, indifferent cops, and lack of tourists and/or children – one of these spots is definitely going to be your best bet. And if anyone gives you a hard time, tell them Broke-Ass Stuart said it was okay!