• View of the Golden Gate Bridge, taken from the Marin Headlands, looking towards San Francisco at sunrise.

    Golden Gate

    National Recreation Area California

Point Bonita Lighthouse

View of Point Bonita Lighthouse and surrounding cliffs.
View of Point Bonita Lighthouse and surrounding cliffs.
NPS/Francis Ng
 
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.

Tips and Highlights

  • Very limited parking availability.
  • Battery Wallace, near the Point Bonita trailhead, is one of the parklands' most scenic picnic spots with tables and grills overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Bring your own water when visiting.
  • Sights along the trail to the lighthouse include the ruins of an historic Coast Guard rescue station, wildflowers, and pillow basalt rock formations.
  • Discover Point Bonita's wild landscape, geology, and fascinating history with a guided tour. Visit www.parksconservancy.org/calendar for details. Or explore the point on your own.

Public Transit:

Check out Transit 511.org for MUNI 76 Service on Sundays and holidays.

Driving Directions:

Click here for an interactive map with driving directions to Point Bonita Lighthouse.

From the North

″ Take Hwy 101 southbound.
″ Exit at second Sausalito exit, just before the Golden Gate Bridge.
″ Bear right onto Alexander Avenue; proceed back under the freeway.
″ Follow Alexander Avenue 0.2-miles; turn left onto Bunker Road.

From the South

″ Take Hwy 101 northbound across the Golden Gate Bridge.
″ Exit Alexander Avenue; bear right.
″ Follow Alexander Avenue 0.2-miles; turn left onto Bunker Road.

Directions to Point Bonita Lighthouse

″ On Bunker Road, pass through one way Baker-BarryTunnel.
″ Follow Bunker Road 3-miles; turn left on Field Road.
″ Follow Field Road 0.8-miles to Point Bonita parking lot and trailhead.
″ Walk the 0.5-mile trail to the lighthouse.

For more information

Marin Headlands Visitor Center
Fort Barry, Building 948
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 331-1540

 

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