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Angel Island State Park

See gorgeous Bay vistas and visit the Immigration Station.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 5.5 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview :  Angel Island State Park offers one of the best ways to see San Francisco Bay from sea level. Fortunate local boat owners have long... more »

Tips:  Travel defensively: you'll be sharing the island with tourists on Segways, bicycles and motorized trams; all of them can sneak up on... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Mount Livermore

The island's summit is the 788-food Mount Livermore (named for Caroline Livermore, a Marin County conservationist instrumental in turning the island into a state park.) The panorama from the peak is unforgettable. The best way to get there is a moderate five-mile hike along the Northridge and Sunset trails. I go hiking to get away from tourists... More

2. Immigration Station

OK, so sites documenting human suffering don't exactly peg the ol' excitement meter. Even so, this recently renovated national landmark is worth seeing if only to read the poetry its mostly Chinese captives carved into the walls of their holding cells. Sad but gripping. See this page for tour information.

3. Segway tours

Yes, you'll look slightly ridiculous on a ride-standing-up Segway, which is all the more reason to give it a try, if you can afford $65 for a two-hour tour. See this page for all the facts.

4. Overnight camping

The island has 11 campsites -- one that's ADA-compliant, nine numbered sites (each requiring a walk of up to two miles) and a kayak-accessible site. When the last ferry leaves, you'll have the island pretty much to yourself (mind you it can get bitter cold and wet overnight, so come prepared). Seeing San Francisco by night from Angel Island is a... More