In the middle of San Francisco Bay sits Angel Island State Park, offering spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline, the Marin Headlands and Mount Tamalpais. The island is also alive with history. Three thousand years ago the island was a fishing and hunting site for Coastal Miwok Indians. It was later a haven for Spanish explorer Juan Manuel de Ayala, a cattle ranch, and a U.S. Army post. From 1910 to 1940, the island processed nearly a million immigrants from more than 80 countries, the majority from China. During World War II, Japanese, and German POWs were held on the island, which was also used as a jumping-off point for American soldiers returning from the Pacific. In the '50s and '60s, the island was home to a Nike missile base. Today, there is one automated active Coast Guard station - at Point Blunt - on the island (this area is off limits). Angel Island became a State Park in 1954. Access to the Island is by private boat or public ferry from San Francisco, Tiburon and seasonal service from Oakland and Alameda. There is limited weekday ferry service to Angel Island during the winter (check with ferry provider). Tips & Rules: • Bicycles can be brought to the island on the ferry and used on the island's main roads. Bikes can also be rented seasonally. • Dogs are not allowed on the island, service animals excepted. • Roller skates, roller blades, skateboards, and scooters are prohibited. • Bring camp stove or charcoal, no wood fires allowed. • Night travel after sunset on the island is prohibited in some areas for park security and public safety. • Personal Segways are not permitted on the island, unless it is being used as an assistance device for a disabled person. Segway rentals are available for guided tours only.

There is a small (100 feet) section of the trail that is closed between Battery Drew and Battery Wallace. The road has washed out, or rather the earth beneath the road has washed out. This does not look to be an easy fix. The island is still filled with amazing views in all directions, you just can't go the whole way round.

This easy trail is made a little less so by several areas of deadfall due to all the storms over the winter. You can still make it to the top, but be prepared to scramble over and under some logs on the way.

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5 months ago

For the views... trail starts from one of my fishing holes.

Nothing can beat the ferry ride and the views on this hike!

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6 months ago

Did it along with the perimeter hike. Beautiful sites to take in...

has to be 5 stars simply for the views of the bay. It's more a stroll than a hike but well worth it. Did it and the Golden Gate one day. Epic day of beautiful sites.

Great start to the hike catching the ferry there! We had great weather too in July. Would say it was moderate & quite busy. Fantastic views!