Point Bonita Lighthouse

EASY 21 reviews

Point Bonita Lighthouse is a 1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sausalito, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from September until May.

1.0 miles 267 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

no dogs

Point Bonita Lighthouse, located at the South Western tip of the Marin headlands, is an active lighthouse with a rich history. The lighthouse was the 3rd lighthouse on the West Coast and was first built in 1855. The short trail from the parking lot offers spectacular views on the Pacific Cliffs.

7 days ago

21 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

gorgeous views

2 months ago

Lovely paved hike, beautiful views of the bay. Be mindful that the tunnel is only open certain days. Bridge to the lighthouse was closed and it appears it has been for some time.

3 months ago

4 months ago

just a beautiful hike.

hiking
5 months ago

7 months ago

Amazing

cross country skiing
1 year ago

Beautiful views of bridge, black sand(pebble) beach and lighthouse. Light house open 12:30-3:30 also got to see some seal resting.

hiking
1 year ago

I've hiked this trail many times in my lifetime and love every bit of it. I even proposed to my wife right next to the bridge over to the lighthouse. Go early to avoid the crowds because it can get really busy.

1 year ago

The trail offers great views on a nice day and is a quick and easy hike. It's currently only open on the weekends due to renovations, so it can get crowded. Four stars because it's a great place, but contrary to what the site says, dogs are not allowed on the Point Bonita trail.

1 year ago

The view is amazing and the weather was perfect. Great 1 mile hike for little kids. The sign said no Dogs. i like that since i have been on trails were dog owners do not clean up after their dogs.

1 year ago

Nice little hike down to the light house and spectacular views of the coast. Be aware the hours of the lighthouse are extremely limited.

walking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

In 1983 visited the lighthouse via this trail with my husband who was in a wheelchair. Exciting and beautiful hike.

2 years ago

A must do. The views are awesome. There are bathrooms and plenty of park personnel at the lighthouse to answer questions. From the 101 I suggest taking the one way road along the ridge out there.

hiking
2 years ago

Beautiful! An easy walk along the trail to one of the spectacular lighthouses in the country.

2 years ago

Easy. Beautiful. Cold.

2 years ago

Very easy hike. We biked from the city (about 10 miles from our apt in the Marina, including Hawk Hill). But once you reach the trail no bikes are allowed so bring a lock.
There are bathrooms located right near the trailhead.
The trail was mostly downhill, but I saw a woman pushing a stroller so I think it's safe to say anyone can complete this trail.
Make sure to bring a jacket as it gets pretty windy. The views are beautiful out here so make sure to go between 12:30-3:30 sat-mon.

Also, we just signed up for the full moon walk. It's once a month (obvi) and is supposed to be beautiful. I can't wait!

hiking
3 years ago

Definitely a "nice day during the winter" hike--the views of San Francisco and the coastline are magnificent, but the point is frequently shrouded in fog during the summer months. To hike the full distance, schedule to be there on the weekend, between 12:30 and 3:30, when the tunnel and new suspension bridge to the lighthouse are open. DO NOT PARK ALONG THE ROADWAY--the rangers are pretty vigilant about writing parking tickets. If the parking lot at the trailhead is full, park at the lot for the Battery Alexander trailhead. If time allows, make a detour to hike out to the old turn-around/parking area near the trailhead and visit Battery Mendel.