North Ridge and Sunset Trail Loop

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North Ridge and Sunset Trail Loop is a 4.8 mile moderately 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.

4.8 miles
777 feet

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


no dogs

You will need to take a ferry to get to Angel Island. Once you're there, you will see entire Bay views, eucalyptus groves, beaches, ruins. The hike leads up the main road, then crosses the perimeter road, and keeps going up the mountain. There are many switchbacks, and watch out for poison oak. The hike leads up the north face, wraps around to the south face, giving you great views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate. Turn left at the North Ridge trail near the top of the mountain, this leads to a lookout, where you can see the entire bay. Heading back down, turn onto North Ridge trail, and head down to fire road, and turn right when you get down to the perimeter road. Past the old hospital is a split for quarry beach, and the picnic grounds. Head down to the beach for nice views of Berkeley and Oakland. Hike back up toward the perimeter road, and the direction you came down, but stay on the road, all the way back around to Ayala Cove.

1 month ago

Beautiful. Great also with kids. Great day.

3 months ago

Awesome hike and one of the best days of my life. Did several trails on Angel and also walked the Golden Gate bridge..... I've fished the little cove on the west end for halibut many times but on this hike I got to hike part of it.

6 months ago

Great views from the top. We took the ferry from Tiberon and had a great walk

7 months ago

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

8 months ago

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

9 months ago

Unparalleled views of the Bay Area - San Francisco, Marin, and three bridges (Bay Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge and Richmond Bridge).

We started on the Sunset Trail, which has switchbacks and a gradual ascent to Mt. Livermore with lovely views of the bay. We came down along the Ida Trail to the Perimeter Trail so that we could see the old military barracks and the immigration detention center on our way back to the cove. This route was about 6.5 miles.

You can get to the peak quicker by going up the steps, but you will not have the same views on your way up. Even though the island was crowded on a Saturday afternoon in June, the Sunset Trail had few people on the ascent. I think most people want to get to the peak as quickly as possible -- it is very exposed to the sun. We still ate lunch near the peak - there is a nice picnic table and landing just down from the peak with amazing views of the city, Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge.

The trails to the peak (Sunset, North Ridge and Ida) have a lot of thistle in the summer, so I recommend wearing pants or heavy hiking socks to protect your legs. The Perimeter trail is a wide paved road. Bring lots of sunblock.

You can get to Angel Island from a number of ferry ports. We traveled from Tiburon, a very wealthy bayfront town in Marin

11 months ago

It was fun taking the ferry to the hike. Nice easy climb to the top of the island, great views. Pack a picnic. There are actually two hike options: up to the top and around the perimeter. Both around five miles. This is a highly trafficked hike with lots of tourists and kids; not super woodsy. Cafe and live band at the trailhead were a nice touch. Good day trip for out-of-towners.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Nice hike. A bit foggy at top of Mt Livermore so views were not good. But overall good hike, enjoyed the museums in the island as well

Sunday, July 17, 2016

mellow hike good view

trail running
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Nice run and wonderful view on the bay.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

excellent views especially Alcatraz with Hyde st pier and Hyde st topped with fog.

mountain biking
Friday, May 20, 2016


Monday, April 11, 2016

Absolutely gorgeous trail.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Easy hike with nice views. Head straight to the trailhead from the ferry to beat the crowds

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

go up the sunset trail to mt livermore, down fire road onto peremiter road and back to alaya cove. thats 15 km and very pretty and easy. no surprises along the way. eagles and deer were spotted.

Monday, September 07, 2015

This is an easy hike for beginners. Great view of the bay, even on a cloudy day.

Friday, August 07, 2015

Another winner in the Angel Island hikers tour. The views are worth it.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Angel Island is a great place to hike. You will want to get an early ferry so you can complete the hike early in the day. The last ferry leaves the island at 5:20 PM to Tiburon. Might be best to get an earlier ferry.

There are two trails to the top of Mount Livermore. The Sunrise trail has the better views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. The North Ridge trail has more shade but not as scenic as the Sunrise trail. It is a moderate hike but lots of shady spots along the route. The trails meet and combine for the final trek to the top of Mt. Livermore. There are several picnic tables at or near the top to enjoy a snack or lunch. The views are spectacular 360 degrees from the top.

Friday, July 10, 2015


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Great sunny weather. Enjoyed the views along with the side of piece of history.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I did this bike ride for my 59th birthday with my husband and nephew. we had a wonderful time. It can be rough on the up hill, but worth it..fantastic views.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

This is a great 5 mile hike to escape San Francisco. There is a Civil War era army base, a World War 2 army barracks and an immigration checkpoint. It also has some of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge and the San Francisco skyline. Enjoy this little piece of heaven.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Yet another gem in the Bay Area.

The island is not big enough for a big trail system; the combination of an outer paved road ("perimeter road"), a mid-slope fire road and a couple trails -- North RIdge trail / Sunset trail) gaining access to the summit of the island (Mt Livermore) nevertheless offer many options from a couple hours to a good day of discovering many aspects of the island. While walking, biking, hiking you can also come in contact with the rather rich history of the island in full display,

Monday, July 28, 2014

Great day adventure! We came from SF, $17 round trip with Bloody Maries available on the ferry for an extra cost. ;)
We walked the North Ridge Trail up. The first .5 miles was mildly strenuous, with a set of steep steps to climb that only last about 5 minutes. Once you make it by those you are smooth sailing. The path varies from groves of trees to exposed hillside ridges. The views from the top are breathtaking and worth it. We headed back on the Sunset trail...just as good EXCEPT there is one portion of the trail where you are dropped off at a fork with a sign that reads "FireRoad." Turn right and immediately look to the left to continue on the Sunset Trail. I thought that section was under-signed.
We went to the Immigration Station after the hike. The area was creepy/awesome/cooky, but added another 2 miles to the day so be aware if you are with nonhikers. Also the museum is $5.
The cafe is fun but pricey (live music and shitty $14 nachos).
I will absolutely return.

Monday, January 06, 2014

Beautiful island with amazing 360 view of the bay from the top of Mount Livemore. Views of the Bay Bridge, the city, and Golden Gate Bridge was breathtaking!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Sunday, August 12, 2012

Took advantage of the special July 4th Oakland-Angel Island ferry. Hiked to the top and then did a circuit on the way down. While waiting for the ferry we got a round of beers at one of the beer gardens, which was a pleasant treat.

Enjoyable ferry ride, great views, memorable day trip.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

We just camped here for the first time and had an amazing experience. The island is small enough that you can easily get around it in a few hours but big enough that you don't see people every step of the way. It has great views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge, and if you get Spot 4, these are what you will wake up to. For camping, make sure you book way in advance (6months) because spots of hard to come by.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Angel Island is an excellent choice for a day trip.
The perimeter road is about 5 miles long with some dips and climbs, but is an over all easy walk. There are multiple historical sites and several trails that allow you to climb Mt. Livermore or explore one of the little beaches on the island.
There are bike rentals, a couple places to eat, lockers, bathrooms and camp sites at Ayala Cove.
Great views of San Francisco, the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge can be enjoyed as well as of the Marin headlands.
My only complaints about this island is that it is an island. The food is a little expensive and you can't get there with out a boat.

road biking
Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Other reviewers are correct: Angel Island is great. Dress in layers, wear sunscreen, and expect that it can be crowded on warm weekends.

Cycling around the island is a perfect "medium" difficulty ride for kids and beginning cyclists. There are no cars to worry about, and you've got a nice loop of smooth pavement around the island. Beginners can complete the 5 mile loop in about an hour.

Our diverse group completed the perimeter trail and inner perimeter in three hours, enjoying lots of breaks to take-in-the view and a stop midway to have lunch.

Going clockwise around the island, there's a small climb at the beginning to get up to the trail from the ferry dock. After that it's rolling hills and flats, with one more 1/4 mile climb about 3/4 of the way around.

There is a second much shorter perimeter trail higher up the mountain. It's not paved, but can be ridden on a road bike if you're so inclined. On our ride, the more experienced cyclists did the inner loop while the others took a 10 minute water break in the shade.

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