Camping/Backpacking Overnight at Angel Island

Hello Campers!

This will be the ultimate in easy and beautiful backpacking with no drive time whatsoever - an overnight trip to Angel Island!!  We'll be doing a group backpacking trip Sat, Nov 24th in the beautiful SF bay.  Our site is limited to 20 campers, though others are certainly welcome to join us during the day.  I'm putting this up far in advance as it's so popular I had to reserve our group site about 4-5 months in advance.  This event is Sat, Mar 8, 2014.

Space is guaranteed to fill up on this extremely quickly, most likely within 24 hours tops, so please rsvp right away if you'd like to do this.  We did this event last year and it was AWESOME.  We have a group site with a private beach and an excellent campsite area, views to die for (Kayak site, same as last year)!  As this trip will sell out almost immediately, no guests are allowed on this trip.  All attendees must be members.  In order to reserve your spot please wire $5 to my PayPal account - my account ID is: [masked].  Your spot will not be held until payment is received.

This will be a very easy trip, some people even bring wheeled carts to carry items that would usually be a luxury for backpacking.  There's no real challenge here - to hike around the whole island is just 5.7 miles and the highest point on the island is 300 feet.  Sat night we'll do a night hike to the peak of the island for killer city views over the water.  The goal here is FUN and lots of it!  Count on a ultra-gourmet camp dinner Saturday for sure, plenty of libations, and general camp craziness.  Sunday we're going to do a full-on, gourmet brunch.  Yup, that means french toast, pancakes, eggs, bacon, bagels & lox, fresh fruit, mimosas, the whole bit! We'll have a food and gear sign up sheet as we get closer, but everyone is expected to contribute.

We'll take the ferry over on Saturday, early (by 10am at the latest),  and people can return Sunday whenever they'd like.  Once again, for those that don't make the 20 person rsvp for the overnight list, you can always come join us for a day hike around the island Saturday.  Saturday's hike is just under 6 miles and very easy as far as hikes go.

One item - as space is extremely limited, it would be a HUGE bummer if anyone pulled a no-show.  If you're not sure you can attend, please don't rsvp.  If plans change and you were going to attend and have to cancel, please "unrsvp" asap, even if you've paid (someone else would gladly pay for the spot).  2 no-shows on overnight events where space is limited equals no more overnight trips.  3 no-shows means removal from the group.  Thanks for understanding.

Difficulty: 2/10
Scenery: 9/10
Fun Factor:  Off the charts!
Cost:  $5 per person, plus ferry fees

 

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By joining us for this event you hereby RELEASE and DISCHARGE it's owners, principals, affiliates, presenters, organizer, hosts and participants from any and all liability, claims, demands or causes of action that you now have, or may have in the future, for injuries, damages, death and/or economic loss of any kind or nature, arising in whole or in part out of the activities, advice or information contained herein.

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  • Es

    Everyone was great!!! So much fun and the weather was amazing!!!

    2 · March 10, 2014

  • Sean G.

    Another awesome Angel Island trip! Kudos to John who showed up to his first event with 4 bottles of wine!

    4 · March 10, 2014

  • Jen C.

    Michael, thanks for organizing the event. Such a great and interesting group of folks. Fabulous meals and libations. :) I really enjoyed myself. Look forward to seeing you all again at another event.
    Jen

    3 · March 10, 2014

  • Alex

    Beautiful weekend!!! Definitely a must-do again. And the french toast for breakfast this morning was the best french toast I've ever had. Thanks to a spectacular group & a great organizer!

    3 · March 9, 2014

  • John

    Great weekend! Had so much fun. Well organized and everyone contributed to make it a fun time.

    2 · March 9, 2014

  • sedrick v.

    Beautiful weekend you all. Thank you

    1 · March 9, 2014

  • Ian J.

    Very enjoyable weekend and a great group. The night hike to the summit was the tops! Spectacular night views of the entire Bay Area...nothing better.
    Guys, I'm sorry to say that my photos didn't turn out that well. Most probably the operator! If I can clean them up this week I will post a few.
    Looking forward to catching you all on another hike sometime soon.
    Ian

    3 · March 9, 2014

  • Michael D.

    Super fun group, everyone gelled right away. Also, the weather was PERFECT (you wimps that cancelled due to weather totally blew it! , 70 degrees. Both the hike around the perimeter of the island and the night hike to the peak were spectacular. Lots of deer amazing Sat night dinner (pork tenderloin!), great Sunday brunch.
    This event is always great, this year was no exception.!

    4 · March 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I woke up with a really bad headache. I'm going to wait for sinus medicine to kick in before leaving home, so I might be on the next ferry. If so, I'll find the kayak site and try to catch up to the group. Michael, is there a number I can text you on?

    March 8, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Crap. Body fail. Apparently it's not sinuses, and the only thing I'm doing today is lying down in the dark with ice on my face.

      March 8, 2014

  • omar k.

    I'm stuck in traffic getting on the golden gate. I might miss the 11 ferry. If someone could let me know where our site is I would appreciate it.

    March 8, 2014

    • Jen C.

      I'll tell Michael to leave a message at the snack bar on the island. It's near the ferry arrival on the island.

      March 8, 2014

    • james

      It's Kayak campsite

      March 8, 2014

  • John

    I am delayed until 1pm ferry. Which campsite (#) are we at?

    March 8, 2014

    • james

      Kayak, Michael says it's 2/3 mile from the dock, counter-clockwise on the island

      March 8, 2014

  • james

    Campsite is Kayak campsite

    March 8, 2014

  • Alex

    Anyone going from the East Bay? Looks like it says to take the ferry from Jack London Square, park in the garage on Washington Street but apparently there is no overnight parking, do I just have to park on the street in that case? I'm a little freaked out about that possibility in Oakland.

    March 7, 2014

    • Sean G.

      I don't know anything about that ferry, but another option would be to take bart to Embarcadero and then the F line to Pier 39 and walk to Pier 41. Unfortunately, the ferry leaves at 9:45, so I'm not sure you still have time.

      March 8, 2014

  • Jen C.

    Michael, can you call me at[masked]-9692. I am one of the first 20 confirmed campers for the Angel Island camping this Saturday, but haven't received details. My comcast email account is not receiving messages (since last Friday).

    March 4, 2014

    • Michael D.

      that's the food/gear share sign up sheet

      March 6, 2014

  • John

    I think I am registered for one of the 20 spots, how do I know for sure?

    March 6, 2014

  • omar k.

    For some reason paypal wont process my credit card in order to get the 5 dollar deposit. I would like to go if there is still space I tried contacting the credit card company and they told me it was on paypal's side and their customer service is closed till morning so if theres still room I would like to go. Im going to try to work it out with paypal in the morning

    March 6, 2014

    • omar k.

      Yes! I promise I will be coming. And that it would be easiest if I could pay you in person.

      March 6, 2014

    • Michael D.

      sure.. come on down!

      March 6, 2014

  • Carrie P.

    Hi Michael, just came down with something and I need to cancel. Sorry about this. Thanks for organizing!

    March 6, 2014

  • King Wa l.

    I have a I year old deaf/blind 4 lbs chihuahua mix puppy, he goes everywhere with me in his backpack. He can't walk on leash, can I take him with me??? He is very quiet n loves every being!

    March 1, 2014

    • Michael D.

      Angel Island does not allow dogs at any time. Park rules..

      March 1, 2014

    • King Wa l.

      Oh it won't be possible for me to go without my puppy though:(

      March 5, 2014

  • Luisa C

    Sorry Can't make for Camping BUT, I'll be there for the small hike on Saturday.

    March 5, 2014

  • sedrick v.

    Thank you Michael. I look forward to have some fun time.

    March 5, 2014

  • Teresa R.

    I'm so sorry I can't make it with such short notice. I would LOVE to come though. So disappointed!

    March 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry I just found this. With such short notice I can't attend this one but would love to join the group on future adventures and camping sessions

    March 5, 2014

  • Ann

    Just remembered a commitment on Sunday.

    March 5, 2014

  • Berlena G.

    I didn't think I would make it off the wait list. Made other plans for the weekend! Enjoy!!!

    March 5, 2014

  • sedrick v.

    Michael please I tried on my silly phone to pay but no luck. I'll try again tomorrow on a computer when I get there library. If you can do it. But I'll be able to do it tomorrow

    March 4, 2014

    • Michael D.

      Yikes - I didn't know you wanted a spot, your rsvp status was changed to no (I didn't do it). I am VERY confident a space will open up - I will hold the next space that opens up for you.
      Thanks
      Michael

      1 · March 4, 2014

  • Pablo

    I have no tent! Sorry guys!

    March 4, 2014

    • Es

      You can rent a rent,sleeping bag,back pack at Sports basement or REI.

      1 · March 4, 2014

  • LeLe

    The forecast worries me... you can find me in the Marina getting jiggly with it. Free spot available!

    1 · March 4, 2014

  • Omar

    Sorry for the last min bail but I had no clue I would need a tent!

    March 4, 2014

  • Omar

    Me and Pablo might have to remove ourselves off this trip since neither of us have a tent!

    March 4, 2014

  • Rick

    Sorry guys.. Battling a hellacious cold..

    March 4, 2014

  • sedrick v.

    I kept trying to pay and confirm but it doesn't go to it. Please help

    March 4, 2014

    • Michael D.

      Sedrick - you're next on the list. I hope a spot opens up and would bet that it will.

      March 4, 2014

    • Michael D.

      You just got in! Please wire payment my friend.

      March 4, 2014

  • Rivka M.

    I have to cancel. So sorry.

    March 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this rain or shine? (I can't believe there's finally rain enough to ask this question!)

    March 3, 2014

  • LeLe

    What's the itinerary...

    1 · March 2, 2014

  • Jeff K.

    Being a camping newbie...should I bring anything beyond a sleeping bag and tent? I think the invite mentioned a sign up sheet...did I miss it?

    March 2, 2014

  • King Wa l.

    Is it possible to out me and my partner on the waiting list?

    March 1, 2014

    • Michael D.

      sorry, I'm not sure I understand what you are asking? "possible to out me..." I'm not sure what you are asking...

      1 · March 1, 2014

  • Omar

    Let me know what I can bring!

    1 · February 17, 2014

    • LeLe

      Limpias su... ;-)

      1 · February 25, 2014

  • Louisa

    Just found out I'm going to be out of town for a conference this weekend. :(

    February 21, 2014

  • Jessica

    Just realized that I have a conflict this weekend, so I'll sadly have to hand over my spot to someone on the wait list. Have an amazing weekend!

    January 7, 2014

    • Jessica

      Just took my name off. Could have sworn I did that on January 7 when I posted this, but somehow my name is still on the list. Sorry about that. This was such a fun trip last year...have a great time!

      1 · February 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just got offered to go on a backpacking snowshoe trip off the grid thru the Donner Pass this same weekend so I am forfeiting my spot. I did this last year and it was a total blast!! I know there is a long wait list for this so now some other lucky person gets to go. Have the best time everyone!

    2 · February 17, 2014

  • Lisa S.

    I'm looking forward to this!

    February 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Michael you can take me and my partner off wait list, as i began a cycle training for a major ride and it takes most of all my time on Saturdays. thank you

    February 7, 2014

    • Michael D.

      Hi Michelle - you can take yourself off, it doesn't require a site administrator. Thanks for the heads up.

      1 · February 7, 2014

  • Michael D.

    Please leave a comment below if you'd like to be on the waitlist for this event. So far the waiting list is (in order):

    1 - Michelle
    2 - Berlena Gullett
    3 - Ray

    Just leave a comment if you'd also like to be added to the waiting list. The system doesn't have a formal wait list option for paid events. If we get a lot of people that are on the waitlist (like 8 or more) I'll see about getting a 2nd, smaller campsite. It may not be right next to the one I have reserved now, but even if it's on the other side of the island it's only about a 30 minute walk over easy terrain (a road).

    1 · November 17, 2013

    • sedrick v.

      Michael let me know if my note here shows. Thanks

      February 2, 2014

    • Pablo

      Please add me to your informal wait list

      1 · February 4, 2014

  • Michael D.

    Waitlist so far (in order):

    Michelle +1
    Berlena Gullett
    Ray
    Rivka
    Manson
    Mike C
    Ramona Simko +1
    Theresa
    Es
    Patricia McCoy

    November 18, 2013

    • Katarzyna (Kate) P.

      I would like to be added to the wait list too, please

      February 2, 2014

    • Pablo

      Add me to that list! My partner Omar was able to get a spot and I'd like to attend this event with him!

      1 · February 4, 2014

  • sedrick v.

    Please put me on waiting list. Thank you

    1 · December 20, 2013

    • sedrick v.

      Michael please don't forget me on that waiting list. Thanks

      February 2, 2014

  • Marianne

    Alas, I have a conflict on the dates. Have fun, all.

    January 28, 2014

  • Justine

    wait list please....

    January 9, 2014

  • Sandy

    I will still be out of country for this one. I'm bummed to miss it, but look forward to seeing all the photos and hearing about it after!

    Cheers

    Sandy

    January 6, 2014

    • Michael D.

      Ah, too bad! But have a WONDERFUL trip!!

      January 6, 2014

  • Teresa R.

    Wait list please!

    January 5, 2014

  • Rick

    Wait list please!

    January 5, 2014

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