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“Great Hike, Silly Rules”

Point San Luis Lighthouse
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Avila Beach
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Point San Luis Lighthouse is a fully restored national landmark with tours open to the public Wednesdays (12 & 1pm) & Saturdays 12, 1, & 2). The site offers private group tours, educational trips for schools, special events, and weddings. Tickets for the tours can be purchased online at the Point San Luis Lighthouse website. Point San Luis is a non-profit charity and all ticket sales go to support ongoing restoration, education, and conservation programs. The Pecho Coast Trail is a trail hike that leads to the Lighthouse on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. To learn more about signing up for the hike please visit PGE's website. In order to take the hike you must be with a Pecho Coast Trail Guide. There is no public access on the road or the trails leading to the lighthouse due to the nearby power plant. The park is closed at dark.
Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

Pecho Coast Trial to the Point San Luis Lighthouse is a great hike, one of the best in the area. The panoramic views of San Luis Obispo Bay below are dramatic, the hike is led by staff knowledgeable in local biology and history, and the lighthouse is one of a kind, perched as it is on the extreme point, basking in the mild California sunshine. My wife and I did it together, and it was a nice time for us. I can’t say enough good things about the hike.

It’s just a little inconvenient due to being owned by a large corporation, PG&E. The hikes are docent led only, and only on Wednesday and Saturday. Advanced planning is required, since it is such a beautiful hike. It does fill up quickly, and reservations can be made online.

The other inconvenience (for us) was that they don’t allow any children on the hike under 9 years old. We are a very outdoorsy family, and my kids were hiking the round trip Yosemite Falls trail when they were 6 (approx 7 miles). We enjoy hiking as a family, and this trail was denied to us due to what I assume is PG&E’s fears of some type of lawsuit.

Be that as it may, a great little hike (3.75 miles round trip) if you’re in the area and were smart enough to do some advance planning.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 22 June 2018

My husband and I are lighthouse buffs. We visit lighthouses whenever we are in the vicinity of one--we even spent the night in a lighthouse in San Francisco Bay. We opted for the trolley ride. Thought the hike might be too strenuous. Our driver was entertaining and we enjoyed the ride.

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed 20 June 2018

Our visit began with the short, but intense trolley ride from the beach to the lighthouse. Road up offer fantastic views of the bay. Lighthouse has been lovingly restored by volunteers who also serve as docents to relay the history of the lighthouse and those who lived there. Worth the effort. And there is a swing!

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 16 June 2018

This is an amazing place. Learn about the lighthouse, it's "keepers" and see amazing views of the Pacific. A must see.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 4 June 2018

Point San Luis Lighthouse is the only remaining one of three that were alike and it's worth the trolley ride to see and get a sense of the history of not just the light house but the area.

While riding our bikes to the old pier from the beach we passed a fenced in area with two trollies sitting inside the fence line and signs advertising the lighthouse tour so we went on line and booked it.

They only have tours on Wednesday's and Saturdays at a cost of @ $ 20 per person but well worth the money. The tours hours are at 1100, 1300 and the final tour is at 1400.

Stan, our tour guide and docent, was extremely versed in the history and you can tell he loves sharing it with everyone.

The views are incredible on the drive to and from as well as from the lighthouse. The history and preservation of it are worth the trip. It's one for all ages.

Date of experience: June 2018
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