Tour de Angel Island — 33mi, 2300ft combined (incl 4 miles of dirt trail)

Have you been to Angel Island lately? On a bike? Here’s your chance for sightseeing fun and exercise!

We’ll start in Sausalito and ride the easy 10 miles over to Tiburon Ferry (on pavement). Meet at 9:15AM. Tires roll at 9:30AM sharp from Mike's Bikes.

We’ll take the 11:00AM Tiburon ferry. If the group of riders is large, it's best to get in line early with payment ready (cash or credit). A simple $14.50 ticket at the gate includes round trip fare and park admission. Lines may start forming at 10:40AM.  Don’t be late. Don’t miss the boat.

http://www.angelislandferry.com/FerryServices/TicketsandFares.aspx

The two loops on the island will be 13mi and 1400ft total that includes a lower paved road and an upper dirt trail (fire road), which is mild but potentially soft. It’s not rocky. However, it’s best with knobby tires. I’ll be riding my mountain bike all the way. This would be for strong beginners and better due to the combined distance, mixed terrain, and numerous little hills. We’ll ride at a brisk but casual pace. There will be plenty of stops and waiting and sightseeing! Plan to get back by mid afternoon.

Mike’s Bikes to Tiburon Ferry is 10 miles 450 feet each way (practically all pavement on bike paths and quiet streets)

Angel Island loops are 13 miles 1400 feet (first half paved, second half dirt trail) 

Please plan your own length of stay on Angel Island because on a warm clear day, you may want to stay longer! Maybe visit the museum. Our full ride on the island will be two or three hours. We’ll stop somewhere to picnic, maybe halfway at Ayala Cove, so pack a lunch or bring lunch money. If we stay together 'til the end, we might catch the 2:20PM ferry and return to Mike's Bikes by 3:15PM. Miss that boat, and it's one hour later.

The island has an absence of motor vehicles except for rangers, spectacular vista points, touristy fun, lots of international languages, occasional live music, expensive shrimp, etc. Ferry boats shuttle hourly from roughly 10AM to 5PM.

http://angelisland.com/things_to_do/index.php

Please be self-sufficient with helmet, windbreaker, spare tube, pump, water, etc. Remember you’re always riding at your own risk. Be responsible for yourself. The usual waivers and disclaimers apply.

PARKING @ Mike’s Bikes
Free, visible, plenty and off the pavement on Gate 6 1/2 Road behind the bike shop. Do not park in the customer parking lot.

RESTROOMS
The bike shop doesn’t open until 10AM on Saturday. Public restrooms are available 10 minutes into the ride.

Alternatives and options (that you can do on your own or in collaboration):
1. Ride with us on your road bike and stay on pavement only — do only the lower paved loop on Angel Island. Return on your own.
2. Ride with us on your road bike, lock your bike at the rack & visit the Immigration Station museum.. Return on your own afterwards.
3. Ride with us on your mountain bike, lock your bike & visit the Immigration Station. Then rejoin us for the upper dirt trail ride.
4. Ride with us 99.9% on pavement, then 150 yards on gravel, lock bike at the racks & hike to the island peak. Return on your own.
5. Ride from SF over the GG bridge, wait for us at Mike’s Bikes, then decide at the Ferry Terminal whether you want to hop on the ferry.
6. Drive to Tiburon Ferry and wait for us to board the ferry. Recommended parking lot is on on Beach Road ($5 all day).
7. Ferry from Pier 41 directly to Angel Island and wait for us at Ayala Cove. Or from the Ferry Bldg or Jack London Square via Pier 41. Wait for us at Ayala Cove. Please comment if you’re doing any of the alternatives.

http://www.blueandgoldfleet.com/sightseeing-tours/water-sightseeing-schedules/

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  • A former member
    A former member

    great to meet everybody! next time I'll bring my own lunch...

    1 · July 13

  • Lydia S.

    Really enjoyable. Looking forward to joining the group more often.

    1 · July 12

  • Mike C.

    Very fun exploring the nooks and crannies of Angel Island. I couldn't have asked for a more pleasant day!

    2 · July 12

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Ken for organizing. This was my 1st ride with the group. Thank you Dorothy for the ride back to Mike's Bikes.

    July 12

    • Ken

      Glad to hear it.

      July 12

  • Ken

    Awesome day! Thank you all for making it a wonderful event. Nice people. Hardy riders. Interesting chat. Breathtaking views. I had a blast.

    3 · July 12

  • Franny

    Thanks for organizing a wonderful ride, Ken. Fun people, a cruise, relaxed pace to take in the views, haunted ruins to explore on bikes and perfect weather! What more could you ask for?!

    1 · July 12

  • Dorothy M

    wonderful group and ride

    1 · July 12

  • Janis L.

    Fun ride with really fine people.

    1 · July 12

  • Mike C.

    Ran late for mikes bikes, I'll meet you at the ferry

    July 12

  • A former member
    A former member

    oops, forgot to cancel! sorry. not going to make it due to the aforementioned time conflict. :(

    July 12

  • Brian

    Does anybody want to carpool together from the south bay? My son and I will be riding over the Bridge to meet the group. We can discuss whether the return is through Marin or back to SF my means of the ferry.. Leaving at 7:30 should give us plenty of time to make Mikes by 9:15. We would meet in Palo Alto.

    July 9

    • Amol D.

      How about we meet near Safeway at 1655 San Mateo. If you are coming from south on 101, take the California 82N/el camino exit. Its very close to the exit. Let me know if that works for you.

      July 11

    • Brian

      Hi Amol. Sorry about getting back so late but I don't know exactly what my plan will be tomorrow since I wasn't able to pick my son up tonight.. It is probably best to just meet up at Mikes.

      July 11

  • Ken

    Update on the limit of bicycles:
    From my phone call to them, Tiburon Ferry seems not worried about our group size of “25 to 50 riders” so the cap is off and let’s see how that goes!

    1 · July 11

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Ken, do you now how long it might take to do one loop? I"m hoping to go to something at 1pm in Marin --but want to do both! Might be crazy...

    July 10

    • Ken

      Ariana, we'll see about the interest level of the riding group for how many sightseeing stops and how long. But getting back to Marin by 1PM would be just one fast loop without stopping! Best for you to cancel one or the other.

      July 10

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anybody from the East Bay want to ride the Bay Trail to Harbor Bay? The ferry there goes to Angel Island.

    1 · July 9

    • Franny

      Oh, that's REAL close to me. I think I'll meet at Mike's Bikes to get the extra mileage in. See you there!

      July 9

    • A former member
      A former member

      Alright! See you!

      1 · July 9

  • Janis L.

    We live in Tiburon and will meet the group at the ferry or go earlier if ferry space seems to be an issue.

    1 · July 8

  • Bill

    Well, I guess I could always go on the earlier ferry and meet the group, although I've never been on a meetup where everyone showed up.

    July 6

    • Ken

      It wasn't a rigid reservation system. I’m thinking it'll turn into a first-in-line thing at the dock. I've signed up 25 spots just in case they call us out. The boat itself is not that big. And as you mentioned Bill, everybody showing up would be a surprise (on the upside). But more so if the RSVP list doesn't change ’til then.

      July 6

  • Bill

    Is there a limit on the number because of the ferry?

    July 6

    • Ken

      Primarily, yes.

      July 6

  • Franny

    My conflict was resolved! I'm really looking forward to getting a spot and having Ken be the leader!

    July 5

    • A former member
      A former member

      so the ferry will be one less crowded :)

      July 5

    • Ken

      Cool, Jonathan. See you at Ayala Cove. We should arrive docking at about 11:10AM. I’ll send you email with more info.

      July 5

  • Team К.

    I'd love to go.

    June 29

  • Lydia S.

    I'll be on my road bike to Tiburon. Not yet sure if I'' ride or drive to Mike's Bikes.

    June 27

  • Larry B

    Would a Salsa Vaya (35mm cyclocross tires) be good enough for the dirt part of the ride? Have done
    Windy Hill OSP and Steven Canyon loop on it. Other wise do have a FS mountain bike that I could bring.

    June 27

    • Ken

      If I had that bike, I would PREFER it over a heavy MTN bike. We rode together at Purisima Creek last year, Larry? This will be a piece of cake for you.

      1 · June 27

  • Jennifer f.

    Love to try this but committed to a work event that weekend.

    June 27

  • Peter

    Hi Ken, I will join you from Mike's bike to Tiburon. Thanks for hosting another ride.

    June 27

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