Work up those holly jollies on a 2-mile (one-way) hike to the top of Angel Island’s Mount Livermore, where the annual tree of “angel lights” beams like the North Star and can be seen from surrounding cities at night. During the day, the trail from Ayala Cove up to this holiday beacon is gradually graded and provides plenty of Bay-mazing scenery, including a rare five-bridge view. At the peak—788 feet—grab a picnic table near the festive mountain topper and stay awhile.
Nonprofit Bright Idea: Adopt-a-Light for the Angel Lights atop Mount Livermore. Throughout the month of December you can purchase a symbolic light to support Angel Island Conservancy—a nonprofit that works in close partnership with Angel Island State Park to raise funds for programs such as providing scholarships so underserved students can visit. Way to make spirits bright!
Photo courtesy of Jason Weisberger.