Find serenity and adventure just a quick jaunt from San Francisco with a night of camping at Angel Island State Park. Begin your Angel Island camping adventure by catching a ferry ride from Tiburon or Pier 41. Once on the island, be prepared to walk up to two miles to your site, so pack wisely! Choose from 16 campsites divided into four distinct camping areas (East Bay, Ridge, Sunrise, and Kayak Camp), each with pit toilets and water nearby. From the Ridge sites, enjoy picturesque views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge, but expect a bit of wind. Sites in the East Bay section are more protected. If you’re traveling with a larger group, the Sunrise sites may be a good fit, as the sites can be reserved individually or combined for groups up to 24 people. Kayak Camp is also group friendly, accommodating groups up to 20, but don’t forget to secure your boat from high tide waters! Angel Island camping typically doesn’t offer much in the way of privacy, but with only 16 sites on the island, it’s likely that you won’t be battling crowds.
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After living in SF for over 4 years, I finally made it to Angel Island... on a Wednesday! Booking a site on the weekend can be close to impossible. I honestly don't know if I'll ever get a weekend spot, but I'm determined to keep my eye on sites as they open, up to 6 months in advance.
Since I was the only person camping on Wednesday, I explored every corner and nook of Angel Island. There literally is not a spot on the island that doesn't have an awesome view. Ridge sites 4,5 are killer, ridge site 6 is tucked away just a bit, but is only steps from that sweet view of the Bay Area. I'd love to come back and stay at any of the East Bay spots (scoped out a great spot for a hammock at EB site 3) and experience the sunrise from the other side of the island.
Upon hiking to the top of Mt. Livermore, I was surprised to find multiple picnicking platforms. These aren't marked on the trail map. If you hike to the top, bring a game or some grub and plan on chilling up there, the views are AMAZE.
I can't believe it took me so long to camp here! Though, due to booked weekends 6 months out, it makes sense. If you live in the area, take a lil' baycation, and visit during the week. Plus, when you have the island all to yourself you can do whatever the heck you want. ;) Sooo worth it!
East bay sites are the most private. The rest you'll have random hikers coming up or walking around throughout the day. Site 1 is the most private at the end, Site 2 is the most shaded. Site 3 has great views but not a lot of flat land for tents.
We reserved a weekend spot many months in advance and camped at Ridge Site #6 for two nights. It was magical!
Things to keep in mind: 1) Don't miss the ferry! There aren't many options so get there in plenty of time. 2) Bring layers! Our site was sheltered from the wind by the grove of trees and the old military bunker, but things cool off when the fog settles in! CAMPFIRES ARE NOT ALLOWED, so plan accordingly. 3) The raccoons are pesky and bold up there, so keep an eye on your food at all times.
The views are spectacular and there's something special about being one of the lucky ones left on the island when the last ferry leaves for the night. We'll be back!
One of my favorite camping experiences of all time. We took the last ferry over to the island, but I wish we had come earlier in the day to have more time to explore. A very easy mile walk from the boat dock to the site along a paved road. After setting up camp with gorgeous views of both bridges, we hiked to the island's highest point and had wine for sunset. We watched the fog roll inz, which was beautiful even though it took away our clear 360 views. Only negative is that the racoons are very audacious, so be ready with sticks and rocks to keep them away.
Campsite 5 and 7 are the best with broad ocean views. Bring warm clothes because it gets cold.