Angel Island Day Hike to Mt. Livermore

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)
Difficulty: Easy
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.






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  • AG

    Another fantastic hike with an awesome group of people! A few of us took a slight detour and missed the 1:20pm ferry....but hey the detour lead to a pitcher of mimosas... So it all worked out :)

    3 · February 24, 2014

    • Danielle Kristina M.

      So glad you guys made the best of it. Sorry we left you behind :) thanks for the awesome photos

      February 24, 2014

  • Maya

    Awesome people!!!!

    February 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here's an intetesting fact about Angel Island from an anthropological view. After being stranded and waiting for the 3:30 ferry. To kill time, Richard, his friend and I did a snoop around the Visitor Center and read some info on the Northern CA Miwok native American indians. I came home and poked on Google. Turns out the Ewok from Star Wars were named after the Miwok people. For some reasons I've always thought "Ewok" and "Miwok" sound familiar. Scenes of the Ewok in Star Wars were filmed in the redwood forests of CA coast. Kinda cool how these thing fit together Lol and Lucas likes anthropology. Anyway, this might not seem interesting, but just thought I share.

    4 · February 23, 2014

  • Danielle Kristina M.

    Had a great time today everyone! So so happy to see everyone who came out today. Such a solid group of people <3

    3 · February 22, 2014

  • Megan N.

    I have a BIG favor to ask: I went to Angel Island in January, when gift shop was closed. Could someone get me a medallion for my hiking stick? I'll pay you back on the next outing.

    1 · February 22, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I can do it!

      1 · February 22, 2014

  • Andy

    I will meet you at Target

    1 · February 21, 2014

  • Ian

    If there is anyone that wants to carpool from Roseville to Sacramento, please let me know. I can fit myself and 3 others. I also do not mind driving out to bay.

    1 · February 19, 2014

    • AG

      Hi Ian....could I carpool with you if you still have room?

      February 21, 2014

    • Ian

      AG. Text or call me at[masked]

      February 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey people! I will drive tomorrow, but I will stay in the bay area to visit family for a few hours and return later in the evening. I can take people there and you can return with someone else, or if there's anyone that wants to hang out in SF for a few hours, we can meet up after that and return together. Or, if you're up for a real adventure, you can join me when I visit my aunt in Novato. We'll probably just go to dinner and hang out for a bit.

    1 · February 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    And Bad News. I am now flying out tomorrow instead of Sunday for my boyfriend's birthday due to plane ticket cost/his family party...I was so freaking excited for this trip. I WILL go to the next one. I am missing the group!

    1 · February 21, 2014

    • Tia H.

      Awe boo!!! But have fun! We all miss you too!

      February 21, 2014

    • Maya

      Have fun!

      February 21, 2014

  • Danielle Kristina M.

    Hey everyone! Please update your RSVP, we won't be waiting past 8:00 am tomorrow morning but it is certainly helpful when we're not wondering about people who don't plan to ever show up ;) can't wait to see everyone. Also don't forget to bring gas money, toll money and ferry money. Should be about $20 total.

    For those of you who don't know, please remember if you no show twice, you'll be removed from the group with no refund.

    1 · February 21, 2014

  • Tia H.

    Hi everyone!!! Please remember to be at the target off of 50 and 65th!!!! We will leave promptly at 8am! Excited for this trip! See you all in the AM!

    1 · February 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm down to go!

    1 · February 20, 2014

  • Danielle Kristina M.

    Hey everyone! Update your RSVPs please!!! Thank you. This should be an easy hike, and super beautiful so I don't want anyone to get locked out of it. I've raised the limit but please make sure you change your RSVP if you're not coming. Thanks so much!!! Xoxox

    February 20, 2014

  • Danielle Kristina M.

    Hey Everyone! PLEASE UPDATE YOUR RSVP :p

    Thank you so much!! xoxo

    February 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I may bring 1 guest, not 100 percent sure but will update you, before event. Most likely just me, but have friend in the Bay Area that may come.Thanks!

    1 · January 27, 2014

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