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.
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.
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.
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.