Point Bonita Lighthouse
Point Bonita Lighthouse
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Point Bonita today is part of the largest urban national park in the United States, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. A secret jewel of the Bay Area, Point Bonita is still an active lighthouse. The U.S. Coast Guard maintains the lighthouse and the National Park Service provides access to visitors. Point Bonita Lighthouse is reached by a half mile trail that is very steep in parts. Discover Point Bonita's wild landscape, geology and fascinating history. The tunnel halfway to the lighthouse is open only during visiting hours: Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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Melissa C
United States1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
We visited Point Bonita Lighthouse and were blown away by the depth of knowledge of the volunteers there. Andy Coblenz and George Thomas both shared amazing stories, and they answered all of our varied questions. They made visiting the lighthouse, which is already a fun outing (the views are amazing!), a wonderful outing. We still are talking about what we saw and learned. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us, Andy and George! We had great fun learning from you!
Written 12 January 2024
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Snakewrangler
Brentwood, CA524 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Parking fills up fast so you do have to walk a bit to get to the trail to the lighthouse. But along the way you can stop and some of the batteries and check them out....totally worth it. Coming back from the lighthouse the uphill climb is a bit taxing so I wouldn't suggest this for anyone having problems walking.
Written 7 August 2023
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Greg H
Green Bay, WI74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
Beautiful location near San Francisco. You are west of the Golden Gate Bridge and get a great view of the bridge. Massive volcanic rock formations. It was very windy when I was there (30-40 mph winds) so we could not walk out to the light house. Huge picturesque waves, wonderful view of the coast. (The lighthouse has a 2nd order Fresnel lens.) Nice pretty walk out to the point.
Written 5 May 2023
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Frances B
Yorkshire, UK2,154 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
The Bonita Point lighthouse is well signed. There is a car park close-by, although the spaces are limited.
From the car park there is a winding pathway that leads down to the lighthouse. The views across to The Golden Gate Bridge are spectacular.
When I visited the area, bordering the pathway was a carpet of narcissus daffodils that smelled really lovely. It was so nice seeing them flowering in December.
While meandering down the pathway you also get to see the basking seals, which is another bonus.
Unfortunately when I visited the lighthouse had already closed for the day but my visit was rewarded with the most spectacular sunset.
There are plenty of photograph opportunities and places to just stand and enjoy your surroundings.
I would definitely recommend a visit here. It isn’t a long walk, although coming back up from the lighthouse it is quite steep.
Written 16 January 2023
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SeeTheW0rld62
Sunnyvale, CA2,079 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
This was our first time to the lighthouse. It's a nice trial to the lighthouse along the rugged coast. There were lots of birds and seals to see as we walked and the view of the Golden Gate Bridge is spectacular. There were also lots of sail boats heading out to the ocean from the bay. The lighthouse is interesting, perched at the end and the rangers were informative.
Written 23 July 2022
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byMT305
Miami, FL2,589 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
Point Bonita Lighthouse makes for a wonderful quick visit away from the tourist hustle bustle of Sausalito. It’s a designated National Park and it’s FREE to visit. Parking is limited (especially on weekends) and late mornings can be good times to visit (as the early morning fog has dissipated
and the early afternoon fog hasn’t blown in).
The walking trail is approximately 0.5 miles each way (Note: Much of the return 0.5 mile walk is uphill & more strenuous). Visitors experience gorgeous Pacific Cliff & Ocean views (when not fogged-in), the Golden Gate Bridge area, lots of seals on the rocks below, plenty of wild flowers in the Spring). National Park Rangers are on the trail to answer questions. The entire visit can be enjoyed in approx 1 hour or so.
Highly recommended (& easy to get to)!!
Written 12 June 2022
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cp n
Raleigh, NC31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
This place was not on the itinerary of our road trip but so glad we took the time. The lighthouse itself was closed when we went (Covid?), but we were able to walk around the grounds and down the path to the lighthouse a good ways.
It is a wide-open area, we had a sunny day and the views were spectacular.
Well worth the time. :-)
Written 17 May 2021
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Scott
San Francisco, CA6,475 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Solo
A must-see for tourists and locals alike. This is a very unique spot with some of the most amazing views of the Golden gate area and the Pacific Ocean. On a foggy day it's like you're living in a movie. On a crystal clear day you can see the farallon Islands.
Written 25 February 2021
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GintamaZ
California2,797 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Free Sunday and Monday access to the lighthouse. Even if you didn’t visit on those days, it’s still worth the walk down to the light house as the view is breathtaking on a clear day in San Francisco.
Written 18 February 2020
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cohoman
Sammamish, WA2,284 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
The lighthouse is only open on Sundays and Mondays from 12:30p-3:30p. So, we arrived at 12:30p and there were a lot of people arriving at the same time. In hindsight, it would have been better to arrive at 1:30 or 2 instead. There was a line of people to cross the small foot bridge to the tiny lighthouse (a ranger let only 49 people at the lighthouse at one time). The bridge does sway a little bit when the wind kicks up, so be prepared. The lighthouse itself is very small and you can only access the two small rooms under the main light. Great views and picture ops of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Written 16 February 2020
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