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    Point Bonita Lighthouse Trail

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    1.6 km
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    38 m
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    Point Bonita Lighthouse Trail

    The Point Bonita Lighthouse Trail is a must-add to your to-do list the next time you find yourself in the Bay Area. Explore the lighthouse that has mitigated thousands of shipwrecks and indulge in the beauty of the dramatic Pacific coastline and Golden Gate Bridge.

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    Route Description for Point Bonita Lighthouse Trail

    Locals and visitors should complete the Point Bonita Lighthouse Hike at least once. This incredible lighthouse sits on the point of the craggy coastal bluffs, warning ships of the tumultuous bay ahead, mitigating the chances of shipwrecks. Hikers of all skill levels can enjoy this wonderful trail, though those with a fear of heights may want to hang back. This route is subject to unexpected closures due to weather and staffing. Wear layers as insurance against various conditions.

    Setting out from the trailhead off Field Road, the Point Bonita Lighthouse Trail wanders south through the coastal prairies atop the headlands. Enjoy the scene of the surf and dramatic coastline as you gradually descend towards the lighthouse. Be sure to maintain the established path as the drop-offs on either side of the path are extremely steep. Eventually, the route will redirect you southwest, over the suspension bridge to the lighthouse.

    Explore the observation deck and lighthouse and notice the famous Golden Gate Bridge in the east. Revel in the beauty of the scenery, and when you are ready, retrace your steps back to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Point Bonita Lighthouse Trail Trailhead

    Access the Point Bonita Lighthouse Trail from the parking lot and trailhead off Field Road.

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    • Pets allowed


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      Out and back

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