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Ida Hiking Trail – Angel Island State Park

Ida Hiking Trail – Angel Island State Park

Ida Trail – Angel Island State Park

Location: Tiburon, CA
Difficulty: Easy
Features: Hiking trails,bird watching, no dogs, wildlife observation

Nestled in the middle of the San Francisco Bay is Angel Island State Park, a California Historical Landmark and home to a number of interesting trails – this includes North Ridge Trail, Sunset Trail Loop, and Ida Trail. All leading to the summit of Mount Livermore. Prior the trail, Angel Island is first accessed via ferry. The ferry docks at Ayala Cove, where all trail adventures begin. In reference to Ida Trail, before Mount Livermore was called as such, it was known by the name of Mount Ida. The Ida Trail has been use in conjunction with other trails to reach the Mount Livermore summit.

About Angel Island. Angel Island nest in San Francisco Bay and offers an expansive view of the San Francisco skyline. It also provides stellar view of the Marin County Headlands and Mount Tamalpais, a majestic peak in Marin County and is often considered a symbol of Marin County. Angel Island, meanwhile, is included in the Angel Island State Park and is administered by the California State Park. It is a California Historical Landmark and is frequently visited by hikers for its many interesting trails such as the Mount Livermore Summit Trail, Ida Trail, Fire Road Hike, and Sunset Hiking Trail.

Visiting Angel Island. Angel Island can be accessed via ferry – from Tiburon, providing daily service but reduced during off seasons, and from San Francisco, servicing all year round except holidays. The San Francisco Blue and Gold Fleet ferry ride to Angel Island is found in Pier 41.

Top 3 Adventure Hacks

1) You need to take a ferry to get to Angel Island.

The North Ridge Trail Hike takes hikers to the summit of Mount Tamalpais but it is within Angel Island which is accessible via ferry. The trailhead of the North Ridge Hike is found just beyond the ferry dock at Ayala Cove.

2) Enjoy a picnic at the summit of Mount Livermore.

There are picnic tables on top. Moreover, hikers may opt to purchase a to-go picnic prepared by the Angel Island Cafe staff.

3) Be properly dressed. Get ready for adventure.

Foremost, it is important to know the nature of the trail prior the hike for you to be able to wear the appropriate outfit. Wear cotton or comfortable clothing during warm walks and hikes however avoid wearing it in the cold. Cotton keeps moisture close to the skin, making you cold.

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