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!

Tips and Highlights

  • Due to COVID-19 and in accordance with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local public health authorities, the Point Bonita Lighthouse is closed until further notice. You cannot see the lighthouse from the Point Bonita Lightouse Trail, as the tunnel door is locked. Go to Bird Island Overlook instead to get a view of the lighthouse.

  • Site may be closed due to inclement weather. Check to be sure by calling the Marin Headlands Visitor Center at 415-331-1540.

  • Pets are not permitted on the Point Bonita Trail.

  • Make sure to bring your own water when visiting, 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.

Back to the main Marin Headlands webpage.


Last updated: April 5, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Building 201, Fort Mason

San Francisco, CA 94123-0022


(415) 561-4700

Contact Us