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Area: San Francisco Peninsula
Distance: 5 miles
Type: Loop
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation gain: 800ft (from 0 to 320ft)

Whether you're in search of tranquility, great views or a little history lesson - Angel Island is the perfect choice.

Situated in the middle of the San Francisco Bay and surrounded by water on all sides, the short ferry journey to the island transports you away from, the hustle of the city and into a different world.

This five mile walking tour around the island's circumference takes in most of the major sights and curiosities, including military batteries and barracks, the immigration station known as the Ellis Island of the west" and picture perfect views all around the bay.

The island is accessible from Pier 39/41 at the heart of Fisherman's Wharf, or from a separate ferry service operating from Tiburon. Be sure to plan ahead as services to the island are limited and you'll want to make sure you'll have enough time to experience the best of the island before jumping on the last ferry home.

Be sure to explore our map for more information on this trail including photos and descriptions of the points of interest along the way.

Ferry Services:
- From San Francisco: Blue & Gold Ferries at Pier 39/41
- From Tiburon: Angel Island Ferry Company

Tangents:
- Trailspotting Images: Angel Island Perimeter Road on Flickr
- Official Website: Angel Island State Park

California Hiking by Tom Stienstra and Ann Marie Brown