Mt. Livermore Summit - North Ridge Trail
ElevationAscent: 784' 239 m
Descent: -783' -239 m
High: 776' 237 m
Low: 12' 4 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)
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“Get rewarded with the 360-degree views of the entire SF Bay from the summit of Mt. Livermore on Angel Island!”— Michael Beetham
Family Friendly The history of the island and the chance to see some spectacular views make this a great opportunity for kids who can handle the distance.
To get to the trailhead, turn left as you exit the ferry and find the North Ridge Trail trailhead at the end of the plaza. It is clearly marked. From here, you start immediately uphill through a Coast Live Oak forest. In about .1 mile, you'll reach the junction with a paved road. Turn right, and immediately across the road you'll see the North Ridge Trail continue uphill to the left. Views will start to open up of Marin as you continue up this trail.
After about another mile, you'll reach the junction with a fire road. Hang a very sharp left. Almost immediately, you reach another junction. Follow the singletrack trail on the right that is marked "Mt. Livermore." Continue through more Live Oak Forest along a couple of switchbacks. As you climb, the forest thins out to grassland, and you get 180-dgree views of the East Bay.
You'll reach another trail junction at about mile 1.9. Hang a sharp right, following the sign for "Mt. Livermore." From here, follow a few more switchbacks to the summit. There is a picnic table there with unobstructed views in every direction. The summit is very exposed, with little protection from the elements, but extraordinary views as long as it's not foggy! Return to Ayala Cove the way you came up.
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