Saturday, September 25, 2010

Angel Island - Mt Livermore hike

Today habibi and I went hiking on the Angel Island. There is no bridge leading to the island, so to get there one needs to take a ferry (or ask a friend with a motorboat or yacht to drop you there). We opted for taking ferry from Tiburon as parking there is easier than in San Francisco, and also ferries go more frequently between Tiburon and Angel Island (see schedule).

On the island I wanted to hike the Perimeter Trail, but as the vast majority of the ferry passengers was heading for that trail as well, we decided to hike to the top of Mt Livermore instead. That was an excellent choice as the views from there were absolutely superb.

At a leisurely speed it took us 2h to hike 4.5 miles (roundtrip) to the top of the mountain and back down. On the way up we took the North Ridge Trail, and on the way down the Sunset Trail. Both of them were equally pretty, though offering slightly different views. In its lower part, the North Ridge Trail offers great views of the East Bay and the Bay Bridge, whereas from the Sunset Trail one can see the Marine Headlands and the Golden Gate Bridge. Once you get a bit higher up the mountain, you will not only be able to see all these places at once, but you will also get fantastic views of the San Francisco skyline. Yet another time we got reminded how fortune we are to live where we do.

Downtown San Francisco:

Oakland, Bay Bridge and Treasure Island:

Downtown SF and Alcatraz:

Habibi and the Golden Gate Bridge:

Marine Headlands:

San Francisco, Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate Bridge:

Me, Bay Bridge, downtown San Francisco, and Alcatraz:

Treasure Island, Bay Bridge, downtown San Francisco, and Alcatraz: