Saturday, August 13, 2016

Angel Island, and a hike to the summit of Mount Caroline Livermore: 13 August 2016

I joined Nikki and a group of friendly hikers on a tramp to the summit of Angel Island. We left from San Francisco's Pier 41 on a Blue & Gold Ferry and disembarked at Ayala Cove on Angel Island. After a quick snack, we started the ascent to the 788 foot (240 meters) summit of Mount Caroline Livermore. The fog in and around San Francisco was a dramatic sight to see; it was in continual motion for a time span of more than five hours.

On the Sunset Trail as we are climbing to the summit of Mount Caroline Livermore. The vista is looking Southwest. San Francisco is under a fog cover as is the Golden Gate Bridge. Click the image to see the full-size photograph.

The distance traveled was approximately 6.0 miles (9.6 kilometers). The cumulative elevation gain was about 985 feet (300 meters) Mile markers are displayed on the GPS generated track. Click the image to see the full-size map.

We are on the ferry traveling to Angel Island. This is a view of the west side of Alcatraz IslandClick the image to see the full-size photograph.

The Golden Gate Bridge as seen from the ferry. The view is looking West. Click the image to see the full-size photograph.

The ferry is approaching Angel Island, our destination. The view is looking Northeast. Click the image to see the full-size photograph.

Camp Reynolds (West Garrison)  was an Army base on Angel Island since the American Civil War. The summit of Mount Caroline Livermore is visible in the distance. This view is looking East. Click the image to see the full-size photo.

We are heading to the Ayala Cove ferry dock at Angel Island. The view is looking South. Click the image to see the full-size photograph.

A view looking southwest from the Sunset Trail on Mount Caroline Livermore. Click the image to see the full-size photo.

A view of San Francisco and Alcatraz Island under a fast moving fog bank. An oil tanker is steaming out of San Francisco Bay. The tanker discharged Alaskan crude oil at the Chevron Richmond Oil Refinery, in all probability. It is likely that the tanker is heading back to Alaska for another load of crude oil. Construction of the Richmond oil refinery was completed in 1902; it was the first oil refinery built in California. The view is looking South. Click the image to see the full-size photo.

The site of Fort McDowell (East Garrison)as seen from the North Ridge Trail. In 1900 the Army designated the entire island as Fort McDowell. The island was under military administration for more than 100 years, and was off-limits to civilians during that time period. The view is looking East. Click the image to see the full-size photograph.

The Tiburon PeninsulaThe view is from the Sunset Trail on Mount Caroline Livermore, looking NorthClick the image to see the full-size photograph.

One more image of the in-motion San Francisco fog bank, as seen from the Sunset Trail. In the distance you can see the presumed Alaskan oil tanker steaming under the Golden Gate Bridge. The view is looking Southwest. Click the image to see the full-size photo.

Mount Tamalpais, Belvedere Island and Tiburon as seen from the North Ridge Trail. The view is looking West. Click the image to see the full-size photograph.

We took a Blue & Gold Ferry back to San Francisco. It was late afternoon, and there were many people with and without bicycles waiting to board the ferry. After all the people boarded, we left Angel Island and sailed to Sausalito to take on board more people and their bicycles for the ferry ride back to San Francisco. This is a view of the southeast part of Sausalito. Yes, that is the northern tower of the Golden Gate BridgeClick the image to see the full-size photograph.

I was told that the passenger capacity of the ferry is 600 people. The ferry has three decks on which passengers can sit or stand. Each deck was jammed with people. This picture was taken from the lowest deck. Click the image to see the full-size photograph.

This graph shows the elevation changes encountered during the hike. Click the image to see the full-size chart.


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