Point Bonita Lighthouse
Hours: The tunnel on the steep trail to the Lighthouse is open on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Lighthouse will operate on a normal schedule the weekend between Christmas and New Year’s.
There’s a reason that the Point Bonita lighthouse is still in operation over 140 years after it was first constructed: the area is often shrouded in fog and in the early history of California literally hundreds of ships entering the Golden Gate ran aground on the rocks.
It’s also no coincidence that the Saturday through Monday visiting hours for the Point Bonita Lighthouse are the three hours of the day when the fog is least likely to obscure the area.
Whether you’re a lighthouse fan anxious to see the third lighthouse ever built on the Pacific Coast of the United States, or you’re just out to see the area’s natural beauty, Point Bonita can be a stunningly beautiful and fascinating place to visit.
The last half mile of the route to the lighthouse is only accessible on foot, using a trail that is steep in places, so wear appropriate shoes and take your time. Especially if it’s foggy!
The first image below is a satellite photo that shows the trail, and the second is a map that shows how to get to the parking area and Point Bonita Trailhead. You can zoom in and scroll the map by pressing the buttons as described in the directions below.