Point Bonita Lighthouse Reopens with Improved Safety Railing and New Exhibits

Suspension Bridge to Point Bonita

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News Release Date: October 27, 2016

Contact: Nathan Hale Sargent, 415-561-4732

MARIN HEADLANDS - The Point Bonita Lighthouse in the Marin Headlands of Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) has reopened to the public with an improved safety railing and new exhibits.

GGNRA closed the lighthouse on August 3, 2016, for safety improvements. The park’s talented trails crew mounted new speed rail on the walkway to the lighthouse and installed powder coated wire mesh on railings around the lighthouse perimeter. A local youth crew, the Conservation Corps North Bay, made improvements to the fence along the Point Bonita Trail.

Visitors are advised to remain cautious when hiking out to the historic structure due to its age, location, and exposure to the elements. The Point Bonita Lighthouse is reached by a half mile trail that is very steep in parts. The site is open Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 12:30PM to 3:30PM.

While the lighthouse was closed for safety improvements, GGNRA installed new exhibits that provide a visual history of the Point Bonita Lighthouse, the people, and marine mammals that call the Golden Gate home.

The Point Bonita Lighthouse, built in 1855, and was the third lighthouse built on the West Coast and help shepherd ships through the treacherous Golden Gate straights. Today, the lighthouse is still active and is maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard. The National Park Service provides access to visitors.

For more information about the Point Bonita Lighthouse and other National Park Sites in the Marin Headlands, call the Marin Headlands Visitor Center at 415-331-1540.

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Last updated: October 27, 2016

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