Camp on Angel Island

San Francisco Angel Island SP

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It's so close to the city, but minus the glimpses of the bay, you'll feel like you're in another world. Even if your friends don't want to camp, they can easily ferry over and enjoy a bbq with you. You can hike down to the beach and enjoy views of the Golden Gate. Duration: Overnight.

Thousands of years ago, this island was a fishing and hunting ground for the Miwok Native Americans. It has also been an outpost for the U.S. Army and a cattle ranch. Now, it’s one of the closest places to escape from the hustle of San Francisco and set up camp. Camping on the island requires backpacking to the sites as they’re between 1 and 1.25 miles from the ferry dock. The island hosts 11 campsites, including an ADA site, 9 numbered sites (accommodating up to 8 people), and a kayak-accessible site (holds up to 20 people). For reservations visit Reserve America. Tables, food-lockers, running water, pit-toilets, and a bbq are located at each site. Bring charcoal or a stove. No wood fires. To get to and from Angel Island, you can either take the Blue and Gold Fleet ferry from SF or Oakland or the Angel Island Ferry.

Pack List

  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Hiking essentials
  • Charcoal Grill or Stove
  • Food to BBQ
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Activities:

Backpacking, Camping

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Year Round

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about 2 years ago

Amazing views of the city, especially at sunset. There's a really secluded beach on the southwest side of the island to relax and take a dip at during the day.

about 2 years ago

about 3 years ago

We rode our bikes to the top along the fire road to a camp with a view of the east bay. Our camp had a firepit (charcoal only, no wood fires), bear food storage locker, water faucet, & a nasty outhouse. We rode around every bike trail & hiked to the summit for sunset. No one was there on a sunday night so it was pretty peaceful. Definitely going back again! :)

about 3 years ago

over 3 years ago

The ferries to Tiburon leave at 3:30pm sharp so make sure you budget enough hiking time!

over 3 years ago

over 3 years ago

How do I book this?

over 3 years ago

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