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Point Bonita Lighthouse

Mendell Road & Field Road, CA
+1 415-331-1540
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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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Mendell Road & Field Road, CA
Mendell Road & Field Road, CA
+1 415-331-1540
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It us only 0.5 mile walk from the parking lot to the lighthouse, but you need to park a little bit far if the tiny lot us full The walk is very easy and pleasant with spectacular view of the ocean and waves Check the...More

Thank Eric J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A beautiful spot to enjoy views of the seals and an adorable lighthouse with cute bridges. You will find different options to park and be prepared for wind if you visit during cold days. Check the schedule before you visit. A great opportunity for photography.

Thank Tania G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are in the Bay Area and like geological and or eco adventures, the Point Bonita Lighthouse is a recommended and worthwhile destination. Make sure to check the hours it's open, as they are very limited. It's a stunning historic lighthouse with a fascinating...More

Thank whybefly
Reviewed 25 October 2017

I'm glad to have had the chance to explore this area. Walking through the short tunnel to get to it, kind of made it special. Make sure to visit Saturday, Sunday or Monday between 12:30 - 3:30 or the gate to the tunnel will be...More

Thank _hluber
Reviewed 8 September 2017

My wife and kids, ages 8 and 11, visited the lighthouse and what a visit it was. This is a great hidden gem right outside the city with great views of the Pacific, the Golden Gate Bridge and the city of San Francisco. The hike...More

Thank chiroag
Reviewed 26 August 2017

The lighthouse is open limited days and hours so be sure to check before you go. Get there early to get a parking spot. From the parking lot, there are great view of the Golden Gate bridge. Also keep an eye out for whales. From...More

Thank SweetAl
Reviewed 20 August 2017

This is one of my favorite lighthouses I have visited. It's a bit of an adventure to even get there. There's a little walk down the hill, then you go through the cave, and over the bridge. If someone has trouble walking you will need...More

Thank mdw737
Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

An unbelievable hidden part of the SanFrancisco area. We have been to the Bay Area a few times and have always concentrated our trip in SanFrancisco proper like Fishermens Wharf, Ghirardelli, China Town etc. typical tourist activities . This time we explored more of Marin...More

Thank Michelle T
Reviewed 23 July 2017

We did the hike to the Point Bonita lighthouse on the last Saturday in June. It was me and my 12 year old granddaughter. The walk from the parking lot takes about 25-30 minutes. I am 58 so I had to stop and rest often...More

Thank mrlaidbakk
Reviewed 11 July 2017

This place is amazing. An old military base with canon bunkers bigger than most apartments and structural work that was done with precision and care from the 1930s. With it spread out over a lot of square miles it will take more than a day...More

Thank andrewbT2936TT
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deborah g
20 March 2017|
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Response from anlof9 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for taking so long to answer! It's steep in one part, but definitely doable at a slow pace. It is paved up to the tunnel entrance, the tunnel has a paved part in the middle with rocks and dirt on the sides (it's kind... More
Angélica D
11 November 2015|
Response from Louie M | Reviewed this property |
I'm not certain biking is allowed on the actual path. It's narrow and there are people going in both directions. I'm sure you can park your bike before entering. It's really safe and many people and families visit the site.
William M
26 May 2015|
Response from Louie M | Reviewed this property |
I don't think it'd be able to. The road isn't completely paved. There is also a bridge one must cross to the actual lighthouse.