Perimeter Road Around Angel Island
6.1 miles     800 ft
2 Sep 2012
Summary

An easy hike along Perimeter Road, a paved road that circumnavigates Angel Island.

Location: Angel Island State Park

Elevation Profile
Trailhead

Location: 21 Main St, Belvedere Tiburon, CA 94920 . Parking area is visible in Google Maps if you zoom in sufficiently.

Directions: Excellent directions. There is a map at the bottom of this page that shows locations of parking locations. The parking near the ferry terminal is expensive ($16 for 5 hours). There are other parking lots near Beach Street which offer $5 parking for the whole day.

From San Francisco, follow 101 North. Take exit 447 for CA-131 toward Tiburon Blvd / E Blithedale Blvd and turn right onto CA-131 East. Drive for 4.2 miles, turn right onto Main Street. Ferry terminal is on the left.

Google Maps:

Parking Fees: $5 per day at select parking lots (last visited: September 2012)

Capacity: Hundreds of cars may be parked at various parking lots in downtown Tiburon. Many of them offer $5 parking for the whole day.

Latitude: 37.873264     Longitude: -122.456276

Trip Planning

Trail Maps

» Official Trail Map: Good map showing various trails.

» Official Camping Map: Good map showing various trails.

» Walker's Map of San Francisco by Pease Press: Excellent quality maps showing many parks and trails in the San Francisco area. Many of these parks do not have free trail maps online. Cost was $7.95 in April 2011.

Route

Parking: Excellent directions. There is a map at the bottom of this page that shows locations of parking locations. The parking near the ferry terminal is expensive ($16 for 5 hours). There are other parking lots near Beach Street which offer $5 parking for the whole day.

To Angel Island: From the Angel Island Ferry terminal in Tiburon, take a ferry to Angel Island. In September 2012, round-trip cost was $13.50 per person. Ferries run every hour. The first ferry was at 10am.

Route in Brief: Follow an unnamed road leading up to Perimeter Road (0.4 miles) → right on Perimeter Road (0.9 miles) to reach Camp Reynolds. Turn right and explore Camp Reynolds area and return to Perimeter Road (0.6 miles). Turn right on Perimeter Road and reach Military Battery (0.3 miles). Return to Perimeter Road and take a short detour (0.6 miles round trip) to Perles Beach. Return to Perimeter Road and follow it (1.5 miles) to reach Fort McDowell. Continue along Perimeter Road (1.5 miles) → right on North Ridge Trail (0.2 miles) to return to ferry terminal.

Points of interest:

  1. Camp Reynolds: This area generates a feeling of expansiveness and provides coastal access too.
  2. Battery Ledyard: Short side trip down to an abandoned battery.
  3. Perles Beach: An unmarked trail from Perimeter Road goes down to Perles Beach. Total distance: 0.6 miles round-trip.
  4. Quarry Beach: A nice long beach near Fort McDowell.
  5. Fort McDowell: A bunch of abandoned buildings.
  6. China Cove - Immigration Station (North Garrison): In the north east section of Angel Island.
  7. Ayala Cove: Near the ferry terminal at Angel Island.
Ferry Terminal

Full photo album — 2 September 2012

Photos are from a different hike with similar landscape: Grand Loop in Angel Island.
Camp Reynolds

Full photo album — 2 September 2012

Photos are from a different hike with similar landscape: Grand Loop in Angel Island.
Battery Ledyard

Full photo album — 2 September 2012

Photos are from a different hike with similar landscape: Grand Loop in Angel Island.
Perles Beach

Full photo album — 2 September 2012

Photos are from a different hike with similar landscape: Grand Loop in Angel Island.
Quarry Beach - Fort McDowell

Full photo album — 2 September 2012

Photos are from a different hike with similar landscape: Grand Loop in Angel Island.
Yachts

Full photo album — 2 September 2012

Photos are from a different hike with similar landscape: Grand Loop in Angel Island.
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