Angel Island Perimeter Loop

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Angel Island Perimeter Loop is a 6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Belvedere-Tiburon, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

6.0 miles
482 feet

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running




wild flowers


no dogs

Picture perfect San Francisco Bay views on this tranquil tour of a remote island with hardly a car in sight. Away from the hustle of the city, Angel Island offers a retreat to tranquility surrounded by magnificent San Francisco Bay views. The Perimeter Road provides access to pretty much everything else one can see and do on the island! It's got fantastic views around the bay, it's a fun walk and a good bike ride. When taking a ferry, all walks start at Alaya Cove (formerly Hospital Cove). Pick up a map while there. The Cove also houses segway and bike rentals, a small store and restaurant, the Park Museum, the bus tour, and picnic grounds. Do check out the Museum for the interpretive exhibits, history, and island overview.

12 days ago

Beautiful to hike around the perimeter!

4 months ago

Very quiet day on a Monday! Great views of the Bay which is enhanced by the interesting history of the island. Monday/Tuesdays are quiet but the Museum was closed:( Also very important to make plans ahead of time for the ferry ride back as there are only two ferries in the afternoon and you dont want to miss the last one. We also saw people on the ferry who had rented bikes at Pier 41, rode over the Golden Gate bridge, went to Sausalito, Tiburon and then took the ferry back via Angel Island to Pier 41! Another school group had come by kayak from Tiburon and was planning on overnighting on the island!
Not to be missed for sure!

6 months ago

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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6 months ago

Can't beat the views. Beautiful!

7 months ago

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.

8 months ago

This is the best easy hike with friends to show off the beauty of the bay.

8 months ago

Did this on Sunday afternoon about 3 and half hours. Very light trafficked. Nice combination of history buildings and scenery. Trail is pretty much a flat road so prepare comfortable shoes.

11 months ago

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.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

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

Friday, September 16, 2016

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.

Monday, September 12, 2016

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!

Thursday, March 03, 2011

I love the science tie-in with this trail. The videos are also very helpful. I hope to start using more videos in my trail guides also.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

This guide is very helpful. I've been looking for a trail in this portion of CA.
Is the road that circles the island open to motorized traffic also or just for Segways & human-powered transportation?

Monday, September 15, 2008

Angel Island is great. As a native of the bay area I have visited Angel Island several times and hiked around the perimeter trail (not sure why I never made it to the top...that's next on my list). The view of the entire bay are just spectacular, especially later in the day.

Take the ferry and sit outside for some nice views of Alcatraz as you ride to Angel Island and you wont regret it.

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