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Call me Angel (Island)
This walk has a different system for sign-up. Only the walk leader (Elizabeth) can sign you up. Please follow the instructions below (please note that this walk is available to City Step members only. No add-ons/guests): 1) Purchase your tickets to the Blue and Gold Angel Island Ferry using this link below (purchase 2 tickets, as they are one-way only) 2) You will receive a receipt from Blue and Gold. Print this out and note the confirmation number 3) Contact me (ELIZABETH) by clicking on my name next to my profile picture Click the little "message" balloon just below the words "Organizer" on my profile. 4) Send me the confirmation number to verify that you have purchased tickets. I will add you to the "YES/GOING" list, and will send you an email letting you know that you have been added. ABOUT THE WALK: Angel Island is one of the area's natural wonders. Most of us know it as a former immigration station, but through the years it has also been a military base, smugglers cove, cattle ranch, Nike missile site, and a prisoner of war detention camp. For the past 50+ years it has been part of the State Parks system. As the largest natural island in the San Francisco Bay it offers some of the best hiking trails in the area. The island is home to wide variety of plant an animal life. Most of the non-native plants have been removed and native trees and shrubs have now recovered to a large extent, and can be found prospering. There wasenough rain this season that we should see plenty of wildflowers. Animal and bird life is wonderfully diverse; both land and seashore species can be viewed. Seals and sea lions can sometimes be seen near the shore. Deer, raccoons , sea and shore birds populate this island. And the views- 360 degree views at almost every turn. We'll leave the dock area and start our walk by heading straight up 788 feet to the summit of Mount Livermore (to compare, the Mount Davidson cross is at 928 feet) Although the route circles the hillside at a consistent slope THIS CAN BE A STRENUOUS WALK on a warm day. We'll climb to the top for views of San Francisco, Marin and the East Bay. On very clear days it is possible to see parts of Napa and as far south as San Jose. It's worth the climb. We'll stop for a while and enjoy the view from the picnic tables there. Then we'll take it easier as we hike back along the fire road to the Perimeter Trail which circles the island. This is a wide and mostly flat trail. Along the way we'll see the for Immigration Station at the North Garrison (restrooms) then return to the Perimeter Road. Finally, we'll walk back to the ferry docks at Ayala Cove, passing the former missile site and military batteries along the way. We'll be walking along well- maintained dirt trails and fire roads and some short segments on pavement. The BLUE AND GOLD FERRY from San Francisco LEAVES PIER 41 AT 9:45 A.M. and is scheduled to arrive on Angel Island at 10:10 AM. The ferry is on a first-come/first served basis, so get there early to ensure a spot. The ferry also leaves from the Ferry Building at 9:15, before arriving at Pier 41. BART users might consider this option. If you miss the ferry there is no way to catch up with us (unless you happen to have a private boat at your disposal). Once on the island, we will take a few minutes to check in and use the restrooms before beginning our walk PROMPTLY at 10:30 AM. The return ferries runs at 12:00 Noon,, 2:20 (we certainly won't make these, but I will try to plan a route that allows people to break off and head back if they absolutely need to) and 4:20. MOST LIKELY, we will be on the 4:20 return ferry. We won't be walking that long, even with the breaks it should be about 4 hours, but this will give people an opportunity to see the Visitor Center, take in one of the self-guided tours or ranger talks, or enjoy Ayala Cove, which has a lovely cantina- usually with live music- and a small beach. HOW TO GET TO PIER 41: (Near Stockton and Jefferson Streets) Your best bet is to take public transportation. The Muni "F" line starts at Castro and follows Market Street to the Embarcadero and lands a block away at Jefferson and Powell, passing the streetside exits several BART and MUNI stations, The #47 (Van Ness) has its final stop at Powell and Beach, the #8(Bayshore) goes to Powell and Bay, and #30 (Stockton) stops 6 blocks away at Columbus and North Point. DRIVING: Pier 41 is just west of Pier 39- the side with the sea lions. Coming from the south or east, follow the Embarcadero from the Ferry Building. From the north or west, take Van Ness to North Point, then look for parking close to Powell Street. Parking is very expensive near Fishermens' Wharf, and the Blue and Gold does not validate. There is no free parking nearby. ATTENDANCE-Basically-EVERYONE WHO RSVPS "yes" is expected to attend. If you have a change in plans, update your RSVP. No showing is very bad and will probably get you removed from the group. Late cancel is also bad and will be noted. EVERYONE WHO ATTENDS MUST RSVP. Showing up with RSVPing is not acceptable. Once the RSVPs are closed, there is no adding on. Review our no-show and late cancellation policy here ( DOGS- ANGEL ISLAND DOES NOT ALLOW DOGS due to sensitive native plant and wildlife (they allow Segways but not dogs. I think this is backwards, but...) You are responsible for your own safety on all City Steps walks. Your yes RSVP confirms that you have read and agree to our Liability Waiver Here ( and have reviewed our Safety Tips Here ( We walk in damp or drizzle, but rain or heavy winds cancel.

Angel Island

Angel Island State Park · San Francisco, CA

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