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Point Bonita Lighthouse

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Address: Mendell Road & Field Road, CA
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+1 415-331-1540
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Sat - Mon 12:30 - 15:30
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Point Bonita today is part of the largest urban national park in the United...

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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Very interesting area

There was a major storm the day before so they closed the tunnel to the lighthouse which we were very bummed about. But it was still worth the amazing drive to the site and there... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Logandale, Nevada
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Logandale, Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There was a major storm the day before so they closed the tunnel to the lighthouse which we were very bummed about. But it was still worth the amazing drive to the site and there was still lots to see. We didn't have our kids with us but they would have loved this place. Lots of abandoned military structures to... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Despite living in the Bay area for over 25 years, we never knew about this place! We literally stumbled on this location on internet and thought of visiting.. It was raining and stormy weather last week when we visited. But the rains and wind added to the charm of this place. Got to see some very beautiful views and the... More 

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California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

You only see the lighthouse up close during the hours that it is open … Saturday, Sunday, Monday 12:30PM - 3:30PM weather permitting and scheduled scheduled full moon walks. You have to hike down so make sure it is open else you'll be disappointed when you reach the closed black metal door to the tunnel at the bottom of the... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

We went on December 25th on a clear, cool day. The views of the City, the ocean, and the historic lighthouse and military bunkers were wonderful. Poking around in the remains of the coastal defenses brought memories of reading Laurie King's "Art of Detection" - a wonderful atmospheric mystery. Spent a few hours. Not really a hike, more of a... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

The lighthouse in open only on sat-mon 12.30-3.30 pm so better CCheck the time before getting there. The most wonderful thing is the route to get there which is along the coast and allow you to see dramatic view of the Golden Gate and the coast. To get into the lighthouse, you will have to hike a bit and walk... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

The tunnel through the rock to get to the lighthouse was only open Sat., Sun and Mon from noon - 3:00pm when we were there, so confirm the time before going. Bad weather can also close the tunnel. After parking the car, there is a reasonably steep paved roadway to descend, before walking through a tunnel then crossing a suspension... More 

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sonoma county, ca
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

On the "other side" of the Golden Gate, one looks back at the bridge, the bay with sailboats and an occasional tanker. Then tunnel leading all the way to the lighthouse is not open all the time, so check the website if you "need" to get to the actual lighthouse. Even without that, it is a lovely spot and worth... More 

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Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

This lighthouse is a great hike (up hill on the way back). You have to walk through a tunnel and across a suspension bridge to reach the lighthouse. We got there just after noon stopping at the visitor center to find out it was about to open (check open hours) so perfect timing. Could see seals sunning themselves down below... More 

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Hollywood, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We rented bikes in San Francisco and rode over the Golden Gate Bridge and Hawks Hill ( a 18% decent from the top of the hill - not for the faint hearted) out to Point Bonita Lighthouse. The Lighthouse is only open from 12:30 to 3:30 Sat to Mon. and you won't see it otherwise since you have to go... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

I hesitate telling you about this gem because crowds will ruin it for us who appreciate how special and beautiful this site is. We thought we'd just drive up to the lighthouse and walk around its exterior. How wrong we were!!! We couldn't even see the lighthouse from where we parked our car. The "hike" to reach it was invigorating... More 

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