Mount Livermore

Marin, California

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Mount Livermore


  • Ayala Cove is the main arrival and departure point for Angel Island.- Mount Livermore
  • The various trails that ascend Mount Livermore are predominantly singletrack.- Mount Livermore
  • Native trees on Angel Island include oak, bay, and madrone. Introduced tree species include eucalyptus and Monterey pine.- Mount Livermore
  • From the summit of Mount Livermore, views to the west reach out to the Golden Gate Bridge, the Marin Headlands and beyond. - Mount Livermore
  • To the south, the summit of Mount Livermore offers clear views of Alcatraz Island and downtown San Francisco.- Mount Livermore
  • Mount Livermore can also be a great springtime destination to look for wildflowers. - Mount Livermore
  • There is a good chance you'll have this trail to yourself.- Mount Livermore
  • The trails up Mount Livermore provide impressive views around every turn. - Mount Livermore
  • The Ida Trail descends the southern slopes of Mount Livermore with clear views of San Francisco.- Mount Livermore
  • Angel Island provides numerous scenic spots to bring a picnic or simply relax and take in the view.- Mount Livermore
Overview + Weather
Expansive views. Unique perspective. Few crowds.
Difficult to reach.
Marin, CA
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
788.00 ft (240.18 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
5.70 mi (9.17 km)
Trail type: 
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Hike Description

Hike Description


With 360-degree views and surprisingly few other hikers to share the scenery, Mount Livermore offers a unique vantage point to soak in the natural beauty of the San Francisco Bay Area. Three trails ascend the flanks of Mount Livermore: the North Ridge Trail from the north, the Sunset Trail from the west, and the Ida Trail from the south. While many choose to link the North Ridge and Sunset Trails in a loop leading back to Ayala Cove, choosing instead to descend the Ida Trail offers prolonged views of downtown San Francisco and the ability to explore many of Angel Island's historical sites along the perimeter road. 

Getting to the trailhead can often prove the most challenging aspect of the hike. Unless you have a personal boat, it requires planning around either the Blue and Gold Ferry or the Angel Island Tiburon Ferry. No matter which you choose, you will eventually arrive at Ayala Cove, from which the North Ridge and Sunset trails initially ascend the more heavily forested northern slopes of the island. As the trails reach the summit, though, the views open up into an expansive panorama reaching clear around the Bay Area. 

Descending along the Ida Trail takes you to the paved perimeter road, which circumnavigates the island and, naturally, leads in both directions back to Ayala Cove (the western route is quicker). Sights of interest along the perimeter road include include Camp Reynolds, Fort McDowell, and the U.S. Immigration Station

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