1 You can camp here, but you need to work for it — some sites require a two-mile
hike. Looking for an upper-body workout?
One kayak-accessible tent site is available.
2 While mule deer were introduced to the island in 1915, the Angel Island mole is a
subspecies of the broad-footed mole that’s
exclusive to the isle.
3 Once the island was home to three, but now only one U.S. Coast Guard
lighthouse remains active, at Point Blunt.
Established in 1915, the lighthouse was
automated in 1976.
4 It is the largest natural occurring island in the San Francisco Bay. Alameda Island
(about 19 times bigger) was created when a
shipping lane was cut in 1901.
5 The island is almost entirely in Tiburon except for a tiny fraction (0.7 percent)
that extends into San Francisco.
1 Lieutenant Ayala first dropped his anchor at the island in 1775, but the Miwok Indians
were using the land for hunting and fishing far
2 In the past the island served as a quarantine station for entering ships and as an
immigration station and detention center — it
was known as the “Ellis Island of the West.”
3 The island became a state park in 1962 when the Nike missile base closed and
missiles were removed.
4 The “Angel Lights” have been shining on top of Mount Livermore for more than 50 years
with only two interruptions: 2001 when soil was
added to the island in a restoration effort and
when a fire broke out in 2008.
5 National Angel Island Day was declared on January 21, 2010, by President Barack
Obama, commemorating the 100-year anniver-
sary of the immigration station’s opening.
Clusters of picnic tables can be found at seven locations throughout the island,
in addition to the four day-use picnicking sites you can reserve, which have 96
You can take an easy 5-mile perimeter road hike that offers all kinds of
spectacular sights and takes about two hours, or if you’re seeking some more
vigorous exercise you can hike to the top of Mount Livermore, which takes
about the same amount of time.
THERE ARE SEVERAL WAYS TO THE ISLAND — ferry, boat or kayak. Once
you’ve made it to land you can rent bikes and explore with more than nine
miles of bike trails at your disposal. If bikes aren’t your thing, the island
boasts 13 miles of trails to help you explore every corner.
ORIGINALLY CALLED “ISLA DE ANGELES,” Angel Island was named for the Catholic feast day
Our Lady of the Angels, when the Spanish naval officer Juan Manuel de Ayala and his crew first
arrived on the island in 1775. With 13 miles of trails, eight miles of paved road, three accessible
beaches and a peak that’s almost 800 feet tall, this 1.2-square-mile gem in the middle of the bay
has everything you need for an ideal day trip.