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.

REI was taking a few Kayakers to the Island first thing and I joined- we arrived at the island at 830 and no one was there- except the SF fog - which limited the views however still a nice secluded hike

Walk around the Angel Island by the perimeter loop is a breathtaking experience with complete 360 degree view of the entire bay and the various bridges and islands in it. We also incorporated a side trip to Mt. Livermore summit in our hike.

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Can't beat the views. Beautiful!

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Hiked up and down and all around Angel Island - enjoyed a day out there far away from the crowds inside the city of SF....

This one is a toss up. It has great views, challenging hills, and wonderful historical buildings to see and even tour. But you are spending some of the time dealing with trams and other road traffic if you are on foot and it is definitely "heavily trafficked." Also you are walking on asphalt the whole time.