This trip is spectacular...it's like taking a vacation without really going anywhere! We first hike up to Angel Island's highest peak, Mt. Livermore, for a fabulous view of the Bay Area! We then walk around the 5 mile perimeter (road walking) for a complete tour of the island. By the time you are finished you will have explored the whole island!! It's a birthday bash to celebrate all of our May and June Birthdays so bring a portable , a wrapped gift, some festive beverage and your energy and enthusiasm! It's a day of exploration and adventure!
We will take the 10am ferry from Tiburon. The hike is 9.5 miles with a relatively mild altitude gain of around 800 feet. The view from the top of Mt Livermore is incomparable. You really have to see it to believe it. The island is loaded with history and places to explore.
To get to the ferry you just follow Tiburon Blvd 4 miles into downtown Tiburon. Turn right on Main St. The ferry is located on the left at 21 Main St. Parking is available in paid lots. I park in the Wells Fargo or Bank of America lots and it is $5 for all day parking. Just keep an eye out as you travel down the main street of Tiburon and you will see the all day parking lot signs. You need a five dollar bill as some of the machines don't dispense change. From there it is an easy 10 minute walk down to the ferry landing. If you would like a map of parking lots available you can see the map at www.angelislandferry.com. The ferry is $13.50. The ferry is located on the left at 21 Main St. Please note: it is a 10 minute walk from most of the parking areas to the ferry location. Come prepared with $13.50 for island activities and $ towards parking and car pooling. $7 appx.
We plan to take the 3:30 ferry back to Tiburon.
Please read and be familiar with the guidelines of the group as listed below. It’s important before you come on a Wanderer hike that you agree and are prepared with the following.
- We combine enjoyment of the trail with respect for everyone’s time. A steady pace and we just keep going! If you are in the lead you will end up waiting at trail junctions. If you are in the back you will be asked to do your best to keep up with the group and at waiting points the group may move on as soon as you are within sight. Our pace averages 2.5mph. We do get separated from time to time as everyone walks their own pace but please bear in mind that you will need to be able to stay within a reasonable distance from the group. Make sure this is something you are prepared for and would enjoy
- Please always check your email the night before just in case there are any necessary adjustments to the hike details. Cancellations or any adjustments will be posted by 10pm the previous evening.
- RSVP etiquette must be followed. Only RSVP when you can commit to attend. Once you have RSVP'd if you have an emergency that means you have to cancel please change your RSVP by 5pm the prior day. This will avoid a "no-show" reflecting on your participation history. Over 3 "no-shows" might mean we have to excuse you from the group. We try very hard to respect each other in this group.
- Give yourself time to find the trail head so that you arrive prior to the scheduled time. That is the time we head out on the trail. It would be disappointing to miss having you on the hike due to late arrival. You will be left behind if you are not ready to head out at the hike start time.
- Wear comfortable hiking shoes with good rugged soles that are well broken in.
- Duration: ALL day!!
- Facilities: at the trail head
- Dogs?: none allowed
- Bring plenty of water. More than one bottle is usually a good idea.
- Dress in layers. The hike starts off cool, especially the ferry ride but rapidly warms up.
- Bring a potluck item and something festive to drink along with a wrapped gift...it's a birthday bash!!
- Bring your smile and great attitude! We are ALL about trail enjoyment while respecting everyone’s time!
See you on the trail!
Car pool etiquette- First and foremost....come prepared to drive. Yes.....I know.....a lot of you are trying to car pool because you don't want to or can't drive for whatever reason. I don't want you to be disappointed, so if you can't drive please be aware that you might not be able to join the hike. There is always that risk if you are counting on others to be your transportation. There may be no others wanting to car pool from your selected location or there might be a lot of people and everyone might want to ride. You might arrive late, be in the wrong spot or get stopped by a swarm of your paparazzi...come prepared to drive to the trail head if you want to hike! If we have a gang wanting to ride we determine who gets the rider seats by who has most recently been a driver in the past. This is worked out based by who shows up at the car pool location. We can't guarantee anyone a seat because we never know until that day who will show up. We do our best to work it out and make everyone happy but we need everyone to pitch in and help make it work! General rule of thumb for riders...$5 one hour or less to trailhead $8 over one hour to trailhead Please insist your driver accept the money. It's to cover more than gas money...it's the wear and tear on the vehicle. We like to take care of our drivers!Then PLEASE if possible try to use the locations below. The more locations we have the less effective we are and it's so much more complicated. Exceptions would be if you are not close to either location.
Car pool locations:
WINDSOR:Safeway lot across from (the now closed) Dennys, depart 8:15<</span>
SANTA ROSA: Coddingtown Mall parking lot in front of the Coddingtown library to leave by 8:25
PETALUMA-Lucky at the intersection of Lakeville and Caulfield Ln. Park closest to Payran St. suggested leave by 8:45