Previously occupied by Miwok Native Indians, Angel Island has been used for a variety of purposes, including military forts, a US Public Health Service Quarantine Station, and a US Bureau of Immigration inspection and detention facility. As an immigration station from 1910 to 1940, many Asian immigrants were processed here, giving the island the tag ‘The Ellis Island of the West’ (due to the restrictions of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, many Chinese immigrants spent years on the island).
Ferries are the only way to get to Angel Island. We took a ferry from SF to the island and walked the Perimeter loop road of about 5-6 miles. The loop offered great views of San Francisco skyline and the Golden Gate bridge. This trail also runs by some historic buildings.