Angel Island is a nice day trip from Sonoma County and includes a ferry boat ride in the deal! Leaving Santa Rosa at 8:30 a.m. we ended up in Tiburon in time for a cup of coffee at a nice coffee shop right by the ferry terminal.
The trip was $29.00 for two of us and included the ferry ride and admission to Angel Island, which is a California State Park. The ride is only 10 minutes but it’s fun and it would be a treat for kids!
Arriving on the island you can pick up a brochure which includes a map of the hiking/biking trails, and head on over to the visitors center for more info about the island.
After walking through the visitor’s center we headed down the trail to the left as we came out and walked up and around the island toward the view of San Francisco and Alcatraz.
I loved the old red hospital and other old buildings on this side of the island.
Arriving to the point where we could see the city across the bay, we felt it was well worth the hike! I went with my 89 year old dad who out hiked me the entire trip!
It was foggy and overcast the day we went. I’d like to go back on a clear day for an even better view. While you can continue on around the island for a 5-6 mile hike, we headed back down the way we came to have lunch and catch the 1:10 ferry. The cafe by the ferry boat terminal was reasonable priced and the turkey sandwich was fantastic!
After lunch we had a little time before the ferry so we headed back toward the visitor center but walked up the hill the other way for a bit, coming upon a water tower and a eucalyptus forest along the way.
Thanks Dad, for a great trip! (Now if I could just keep up with you!)
Go here for more information on Angel Island.