Point Bonita Lighthouse


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 ranger 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 is open on Sundays and Mondays from 12:30 pm 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.
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  • Site may be closed due to inclement weather.
  • Pets and bikes are not permitted on the Point Bonita Trail.
  • Make sure to bring your own water when you visit, and bring binoculars to catch a glimpse of the sealife 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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Last updated: April 26, 2022

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Building 201, Fort Mason

San Francisco , CA 94123-0022


415 561-4700

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