Welcome to the Point Bonita Lighthouse!
A secret jewel of the Bay Area, the Point Bonita Lighthouse, built in 1855, was the third lighthouse built on the West Coast and helped shepherd ships through the treacherous Golden Gate straits. Today, the lighthouse is still active and is maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard. Discover Point Bonita's wild landscape, geology and fascinating history by hiking the partially steep half mile trail to the Point Bonita Lighthouse!
We offer sunset tours on Saturdays throughout the summer, where a docent leads you on a guided hike to the lighthouse and shares knowledge about the geology, ecology, and history of Point Bonita. Sign up for these tours here.
Tips and Highlights
- The Point Bonita Lighthouse will only be open 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm on June 23 and June 24.
- The Point Bonita Lighthouse is open on Thursday through Monday from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Lines to get into the lighthouse can be long. Please arrive well before 3:30 pm to ensure you are able to cross the suspension bridge.
- Pets and bikes are not permitted anywhere on the Point Bonita Trail.
- Site may be closed due to inclement weather. We test the winds periodically while the site is open. If winds get over 30 mph, we close the suspension bridge.
- Make sure to bring your own water when you visit, and bring binoculars to catch a glimpse of the marine life that frequents the area, including harbor seals, whales, and porpoises.
- Check out the calendar for upcoming guided tours at Point Bonita.
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