Angel Island
San Francisco, California
6 miles | 390 ft elevation
Angel Island State Park is the largest natural island in the San Francisco Bay and was once known as the “Ellis Island of the West". Now a state park, this former immigration station and military base is known for its hiking trails and historic buildings. The main road that circles the island is perfect for cycling and this short route is more about taking in the views and exploring the island than it is about riding. It’s a fun day on the bike without cars and a unique way to see the San Francisco skyline.
Take the ferry from Tiburon or San Francisco, and from the ferry dock go to the right and head towards the Visitor Center, staying to the left of the building. You have two options to get about 100 feet up to the Perimeter Road – You can walk your bike up the steep hill (riding is prohibited on this section) or take the dirt trail for about half a mile (there is one switchback). Both options bring you to the same starting point, and from there you can head in either direction to do the loop around the island (I opted to ride counter-clockwise).
There are a couple steep sections, but in general it is a leisurely ride. Stop to take in the views and check out some of the historical buildings. Be sure to keep an eye on the time so you don’t miss the last ferry back!
Visit the Angel Island State Park website for park updates, information on bike rentals and details on how to get the island via ferry from Tiburon or San Francisco. 
I prefer to take the ferry from Tiburon. It is a 12 minute ferry ride and there are a number of paid parking lots located in town.
I recommend buying your ferry tickets online ahead of time, and be sure to select the option to bring your bicycle. aims to provide content that is true and accurate as of the date of writing; however, the accuracy and judgement of the author is not guaranteed. and its associates are in no way liable for personal injury, loss or damage to personal property, or any other such situation that should occur to individuals following the guides, routes and recommendations. Please review the full Terms & Disclaimer.
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