Meet at Target off HWY 50 and 65th at 8:00am to carpool.
We will meet at target at 7:45 am and leave target no later than 8:00 (this will be a hard rule on Saturday as we have a ferry to catch.) The ferry leaves at 10:00am SHARP (mapquest says 1 hr and 45 mins to tiburon). If you want to get starbucks, or stop for gas YOU MUST DO THIS BEFORE YOU MEET AT TARGET. We have just enough time to make it to the Ferry by 10:00am.
If you want to meet at the Tiburon Ferry Station, we'll meet there around 9:45 (probably not any earlier). Get your tickets for the ferry AS SOON AS YOU GET THERE.
IF for some reason we get held up, and not everyone gets to the ferry station by 10:00am, we'll wait and take the 11:00 ferry BUT THIS IS NOT THE IDEAL SITUATION (so pretty please don't be the one to hold up the group).
Distance: 5.9 miles
Time: ~3 hours (we will be gone all day though)
Elevation gain: 1427 ft
Dogs: Not allowed
Exposure: Some shade, but mostly exposed.
Trail traffic: Moderate.
Cost: approx. $20
Lunch: Bring a lunch
We'll Leave Angel Island on the 3:20pm Ferry. :p
DIRECTIONS: Take 80 west. About 7 miles after crossing the Carquinez Bridge in Vallejo (no toll westbound, $4 toll eastbound), take the Richmond Pkwy exit. Follow Richmond Pkwy to 580 West. After crossing the Richmond - San Rafael Bridge ($4 toll westbound, no toll eastbound), follow the signs to Sir Francis Drake Blvd / 101 South. You will pass by the Larkspur ferry terminal on the left. Get on 101 South and continue for about 2 miles. From 101 South, take the Tiburon Blvd exit, turn left over the overpass, and follow Tiburon Blvd 4 miles into downtown Tiburon. Turn right on Main Street. The ferry is located on the left-hand side of the street.
NOTE: There is a cost for this hike. It'll be about $20 for the round trip ferry ride, gas and toll if you're carpooling with a full car.
The trail is a fairly easy 5.9 mile loop with a short spur to 788 ft. Mt. Livermore — the highest point on the island.
This loop uses two trails — the North Ridge and the Sunset trails — and is truly the road less traveled — at least of the options available on Angel Island. Once you disembark from the ferry, bear to the left and look for the sign marking the North Ridge Trail.
You will initially climb a set of stairs set into the hillside by the Conservation Corp decades ago, shaded by towering pine and oak trees.
When you reach the perimeter, the trail continues across the road after a short jog to the right. Most people who visit Angel Island take the wide and mostly level perimeter road, shared by hikers, runners and bikers. In contrast, the North Ridge Trail offers quiet solitude and mostly single track — no bikes allowed.
At last you begin to leave the crowds behind and see a part of the island that few visit. The North Ridge Trail is windy; slowly but steadily climbing in altitude as you near the summit of Mt. Livermore. You’ll notice different climate zones as you traverse the island–the cool shade of the oak trees; the sunny exposure amidst red manzanita; aging pines towering over saplings; and the drier, sunnier south side of the island.
After your break, retrace your steps to the Sunset Trail to your right, following it all the way back to the docks at Ayala Cove. Note that you will cross two roads; don’t follow them, just look for where the trail picks up after a short jog.