Point Reyes Lighthouse Visitor Center Trail is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Inverness, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
Moderate 1.3 mile RT hike over paved trail to 300 steps to Point Reyes Lighthouse. Trail offers sweeping views of Point Reyes beach and rugged California coastline. The Point Reyes Lighthouse itself is another 150 meters (0.1 miles) beyond the Visior Center at the base of some 300 steps--the equivalent of 30 stories. The lens room, which houses the original clockworks and first-order Fresnel lens that were manufactured in 1867 and installed in 1870, is open from 2:30 pm to 4 pm, Fridays through Mondays, as staffing and weather conditions permit. The lower chamber of the historic lighthouse has exhibit panels on the history of the light and the keepers. The equipment building next to the lighthouse exhibits the two 1947 super typhon foghorns, the air compressors, and a backup power generator that were used at Point Reyes.
Another spontaneous trip for me where I didn't research beforehand. I was wearing 6" sandals when I walked this. My feet were sore, but so worth it! I made it to the lighthouse just in time to watch the sunset. This was the first trail I walked/hiked in California and will always hold a special place in my heart. ❤️
Easy hike down to lighthouse, but a little more difficult walking back up all the stairs. Was quite windy and misty when we were there, but had fun anyway. Did not see much wildlife, since visibility was not that great due to the fog.
These directions are to the tomales bay trail, not the lighthouse trail. The bay trail is a nice hike but more strenuous and much longer.
Frequent this place for a quick out of the city getaway. The walk down towards the lighthouse is easy .40 from the parking lot to the start of the lighthouse stairs then 308 steps to walk to the lighthouse. Walking up the 308 steps is what gives one a quick warm up (feel the burn).
Chimney rock has spectacular views (remember to look back as you walk the trails). Easy walk up the headlands about 2.5 miles total to see the elephant seals and walk towards chimney rock. Gets very windy sometimes, if you're luck you may see whales towards the pacific side.
Beautiful location, not too strenuous. The hike back up from the lighthouse is a lot of stairs, but well worth it.
Wonder weather. Great hike.
On a misty somewhat overcast cool summer day we were fortunate to be there at the right time (we first drove to the north and McClures beach so that when we returned the lighthouse steps would be open), and walked down the 308 steps to the Point Reyes Lighthouse. The equipment room was open for viewing and we checked out all the interesting stuff like the generator and the horns. Next we hit the Chimney Rock trail by trail running through the golden grasses to the edge of the cliffs and saw sea lions basking below. My boots had a blowout (good excuse for a new pair - got Vasque Breeze IIs and love 'em). It was good that we were near the end of our trip, because I didn't have a spare pair at the time. At the end of the trail signs warned you from crossing a fence, but we couldn't see the Chimney, so ducked under for a better view. Not too far, as the land crumbles easily and you could easily end up down the cliff. Turned out to be a great day, not terribly windy and the sun peeked out from time to time. When it's not crowded, both the lighthouse and Chimney Rock trails are a great sojourn. Highly recommend visiting Point Reyes and all of its cool activities. Still have the Tomales Point trail as a to do on my list.
This is one of my favorite hikes to take novice hikers on. Its simple, none challenging and they get to experience the beauties of the surrounding rolling hills and ocean.
Love taking people out to the lighthouse. Beautiful ocean views, generally see seals and in spring and fall often spot whales. The stairs back up from the lighthouse are a bit steep. It can be a bit windy and chilly so bundle up accordingly.
Paved walk from parking area to the lighthouse visitor center. Then there was another 308 steps down to the lighthouse (not including a couple of ramped areas). There were a couple of places to rest going up and down the steps. If a person takes it slow, there is no reason why anyone cannot do this. It was a great day, couldn't have had better weather. View were spectatular.
Drove here hears ago very pretty.
We started out hiking the 0.4 mi. paved trail to the VC in the fog from the parking lot; the winds were fairly calm, and the 300 steps to the lighthouse were open because the winds were less than 40 mph (this adds another .1 mi. to the hike). We went down the equivalent of 30 stories and saw the Lens room, the house's original clockworks and first-order Fresnel lens manufactured in 1867 and installed in 1870. The lower chamber of this historic lighthouse has exhibit panels on the history of the light and its keepers. Equipment building next to lighthouse exhibits two 1947 super typhoon foghorns, air compressors, and a backup power generator. The fog gradually lifted and the view was better. The Lighthouse is open Fridays through Mondays from 10 - 4:30 p.m. and the trail offers sweeping views of Point Reyes Beach. Definitely worth the extra effort down and back up the steps!
The driving directions map takes you to the Tomales Point Trail, not Pt. Reyes Lighthouse and Chimney Rock. To get to those locations keep left at the Pierce Point Rd turn on the map.