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Angel Island Science Hike

In the middle of San Francisco Bay sits Angel Island State Park, with spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline.

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 3.3 miles
Duration: Half day
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Overview :  In the middle of San Francisco Bay sits Angel Island State Park, offering spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline, the Marin... more »

Tips:  Access to the Island is by private boat or public ferry from San Francisco, Tiburon and seasonal service from Oakland and Alameda.... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Getting to Angel Island, meeting our guides

In this video, our exploration begins at the Tiburon Marina where we board a ferry to Angel Island. We also meet our tour guides for the day, Breck Parkman, a Senior State Archeologist for the California State Parks system, and Silvia Lange, Docent at Angel Island State Park.

2. Camp Reynolds, Angel Island

In this video, we visit Angel Island's Camp Reynolds, site of the largest collection of wooden buildings left from the Civil War era in the United States. Although the buildings themselves are of great historical value, we learn there's an archeological component that goes with all these structures, just below the surface.

3. Archaeology in the Burn Zone, Angel Island

In this video, Senior State Archaeologist Breck Parkman discusses the role fire has played in aiding his study of Angel Island history, and shows us some of his more inttriguing finds.

4. Angel Island post-fire: moonscape or colorful quilt?

Angel Island volunteer Silvia Lange recounts her experience visiting her beloved Angel Island just one week after the October 2008 fire, which affected nearly 1/2 of the island's area.

5. Slopes of Mount Livermore

Join our guides Silvia and Breck in this video, as they explore the effects of the October 2008 fire, one year later.

"...on top of mt livermore
here comes another verse
though the windstorm was ferocious
the fire was much worse..."