Angel Island Hike

June 17, 2006


This is a moderate hike with approximately 800 feet elevation gain and approximately 7 miles. Hiking time should be approximately 4 hours plus some time for some lunch on top. Please wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring two quarts of water, snacks, lunch, and warm clothes (in case it gets cold) in a small backpack.


We will meet to carpool at the Safeway at Market and Castro in San Francisco on Saturday, June 17th at 9 AM. We can meet others at the ferry dock in Tiburon for the 10 AM departure. The ferry departs every hour from 10 AM until 5 PM and costs $11 round trip.

From US 101, drive north to Marin and then 4 miles east on Tiburon Boulevard (also Highway 131). Park in a pay lot and walk a short distance to Tiburon Ferry.    




Angel Island

Ayala Cove and Tiburon

Trail Description:

Start on Northridge Trail with a steep climb past youthful coast live oak and windswept Monterey pines (native to Point Lobos). Look past native toyon to watch the sailboats cruising the bay. Go left onto Perimeter Trail at 0.3 mile. It is mostly paved and flat and eventually comes to entirely landscaped North Garrison at 1.2 miles, where tall cedars and eucalyptus trees thrive. Next, observe the three-story-high hospital where U.S. military men were treated for tropical diseases. A spur trail heads to wind protected Quarry Beach at 1.8 miles.

 The ensuing 1.5 miles of Angel Island s south face have been cleared of eucalyptus stands to encourage the growth of native chaparral (toyon, chamise, coyote brush, and manzanita) and native trees (oaks and madrones). Photogenic wide-open views of Alcatraz Island and San Francisco result.

 At 4 miles, Sunset Trail takes off from a spot towering over the choppy waters of windy Perles Beach and climbs relentlessly some 500 feet in elevation past coastal scrub and chaparral to 781-foot-tall Mount Livermore . Picnic tables have replaced the Nike missile installation that once stood here.

 Retrace your steps and continue north on Perimeter Trail, soon entering a shady grove of mature pines, oaks, and cypresses. At 6.1 miles, look at the classic military buildings comprising West Garrison from the trail or choose to visit them. The chapel, brick hospital, stables, and barracks are still standing. 

Angel Island

Angel Island





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Transportation: carpool
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$11 for ferry

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Angel Island

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