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Point Bonita Lighthouse

Mendell Road & Field Road, CA
+1 415-331-1540
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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.
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Mendell Road & Field Road, CA
+1 415-331-1540
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and kids, ages 8 and 11, visited the lighthouse and what a visit it was. This is a great hidden gem right outside the city with great views of the Pacific, the Golden Gate Bridge and the city of San Francisco. The hike...More

Thank chiroag
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The lighthouse is open limited days and hours so be sure to check before you go. Get there early to get a parking spot. From the parking lot, there are great view of the Golden Gate bridge. Also keep an eye out for whales. From...More

Thank SweetAl
Reviewed 20 August 2017

This is one of my favorite lighthouses I have visited. It's a bit of an adventure to even get there. There's a little walk down the hill, then you go through the cave, and over the bridge. If someone has trouble walking you will need...More

Thank mdw737
Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

An unbelievable hidden part of the SanFrancisco area. We have been to the Bay Area a few times and have always concentrated our trip in SanFrancisco proper like Fishermens Wharf, Ghirardelli, China Town etc. typical tourist activities . This time we explored more of Marin...More

Thank Michelle T
Reviewed 23 July 2017

We did the hike to the Point Bonita lighthouse on the last Saturday in June. It was me and my 12 year old granddaughter. The walk from the parking lot takes about 25-30 minutes. I am 58 so I had to stop and rest often...More

Thank mrlaidbakk
Reviewed 11 July 2017

This place is amazing. An old military base with canon bunkers bigger than most apartments and structural work that was done with precision and care from the 1930s. With it spread out over a lot of square miles it will take more than a day...More

Thank andrewbT2936TT
Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

Great views of San Francisco and even saw whales, seals, lots of birds, etc. The tunnel is NOT for tall people and the bridge that sways is a real experience! Have taken my kids, scout groups, adults, etc. Beware! The trail sides have poison oak...More

Thank HeyTeacher31
Reviewed 24 June 2017

If you get a chance, go! It's an amazing place! An active lighthouse built in the 1800s...open to the public only from Saturday to Monday (12.30-3.30pm). So worth the trip. The views are to die for!

Thank Dawn_SCA
Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

I've visited the Bay several times but it was my first time to the lighthouse. Be sure to check the opening days/times. At the time of this review, the site is only open Sat, Sun, and Mon from 12:30 to 3:30 pm. There is no...More

Thank Louie M
Reviewed 8 June 2017

Point Bonita Lighthouse has limited opening hours - usually Sat Sun & Mon 12.30 to 3.30pm (but check with the National Parks website to confirm.) There is limited parking at the start of the path to the lighthouse - but a larger car park is...More

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deborah g
20 March 2017|
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Response from anlof9 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for taking so long to answer! It's steep in one part, but definitely doable at a slow pace. It is paved up to the tunnel entrance, the tunnel has a paved part in the middle with rocks and dirt on the sides (it's kind... More
Angélica D
11 November 2015|
Response from Louie M | Reviewed this property |
I'm not certain biking is allowed on the actual path. It's narrow and there are people going in both directions. I'm sure you can park your bike before entering. It's really safe and many people and families visit the site.
William M
26 May 2015|
Response from Louie M | Reviewed this property |
I don't think it'd be able to. The road isn't completely paved. There is also a bridge one must cross to the actual lighthouse.