Point Reyes Lighthouse Visitor Center Trail

MODERATE 30 reviews

Point Reyes Lighthouse Visitor Center Trail is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Inverness, California 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.

1.3 miles 413 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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.

walking
1 minute ago

Easy enough to get down with kids and grandma... nice views and vegetation. Lots of humans though (there will be lines) and it can get chilly... make sure to check open hours before going ( a nice long ride in a car).

hiking
25 days ago

Be prepared to climb a lot of stairs and walk miles to get off just the road. This was a super busy trail with a few hundred people. As someone with bad knees, the stairs were daunting, but doable. Beautiful view!

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3 months ago

Always a fun walk- be prepared for lots of wind!

walking
3 months ago

been here at least six times, always enjoy it, it's never been the same experience, very popular destination

hiking
3 months ago

Very beautiful walk to a beautiful lighthouse with nice views of the ocean

4 months ago

5 months ago

walking
5 months ago

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. ❤️

7 months ago

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.

hiking
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hiking
10 months ago

hiking
1 year ago

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.

walking
1 year ago

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.

walking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Beautiful location, not too strenuous. The hike back up from the lighthouse is a lot of stairs, but well worth it.