Angel Island State Park Professional Review and Guide
"You have to love a hike that you can only reach by ferry. But the Angel Island hike does not take you away from it all. Instead, you take in gobs of civilization from a lofty and isolated plateau. On a clear day from the top of Mount Livermore, you can see all four major bridges on the Bay. You can watch the fog roll over the city like a slow-moving avalanche. Even with limited visibility, you can admire landmarks of the unique San Francisco skyline, the street-faire towns of Sausalito and Tiburon, and a prison-toprison view from San Quentin to Alcatraz, both with their fascinating histories. That’s the keyword here: history. Angel Island, the largest island in San Francisco Bay, spans a microcosm of U.S. history, from its days as hunting ground for native Americans to serving as a Civil War post for the Union and a prisoner-of-war camp during World War II, and finally, as a public park. Trails Surface: A single-track, well-maintained footpath leads to Mount Livermore. A less maintained path leads down to a double-track dirt road, then the paved road around the perimeter of the island."