Angel Island is a small island in San Francisco Bay (Wikipedia article) with beautiful views and a ton of history.
A couple of weeks ago, Nick and I decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather we’ve been having in the Bay Area and go for a long hike on Angel Island. You can get there on a ferry from Tiburon or San Francisco for about $13 a person. We opted for Tiburon as we thought the parking would be cheaper and more plentiful.
Knowing that the weather around SF can be a little unpredictable, especially on an island, we brought toques (known as “beanies” here in the states), mittens, and sweaters. I was glad to have them on the boat, but shortly into our hike we were able to get rid of just about every extra layer of clothing. It was such a beautiful day – sunny, not a cloud in the sky, and about 75F / 23C.
We originally had set out with the intention of looping the entire island twice, counter-clockwise on the external loop called Perimeter Rd, and then the other way round on the higher-up loop called Fire Rd. However, by the time we got to Fort McDowell, we knew we wouldn’t have time, so we opted to make the climb to Mt Livermore (highest point on the island) and cross back to Ayala Cove, where the boat would pick us up to take us home.
We were rewarded again and again with stunning views and interesting history of the island, which had functioned as a military base and an immigration waypoint. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves!
We’d definitely go back to Angel Island for another hike or perhaps even on a camping trip – you can backpack in and stay for up to a week.
After we returned from our hike, exhausted, we stopped on the pier in adorable Tiburon for a well-deserved glass of wine and a rest before the drive home, and were able to even watch the seals playing in the harbour.