Point Bonita Lighthouse is a 1.6 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sausalito, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until May.

Distance: 1.6 km Elevation Gain: 52 m Route Type: Out & Back

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly


nature trips


bird watching





wild flowers


historic site

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.

no shade
4 months ago

The views are absolutely stunning. Bring binoculars not only for the views but the wildlife. I went on a gloomy day first thing in the morning after in a light drizzle so we had the trail to ourselves and all the animals were out. Cleared up during the hike so it was perfect weather imho.

6 months ago

open on Mondays for a few hours (as of Nov 2019)

8 months ago

Great history of lighthouse and WW2 and a nice out & back hike

bridge out
9 months ago

9 months ago

This trail is highly recommended! It's fun, both easy and moderate, and has trails that branch out for the more adventurous. Took me about 2 hours, but I stopped every 30 feet for a photo and enjoyed a nice lunch on a cliff overlooking the Pacific. "BRING YOUR HIGH DEF CAMERA IF YOU HAVE ONE", the views are breathtaking!

9 months ago

Pretty views. Somewhat steep incline on the way back from the lighthouse to the parking lot.

10 months ago

Stunning!!!!! Check times when lighthouse is open though.

11 months ago

Nice short hike with wonderful views. It was overcast that day, but the views should be spectacular on a nice sunny day,

Sun Mar 24 2019

Nice short hike with great views

Sun Dec 16 2018

Great day with the family. Plenty of places to go and things to see. Lighthouse, trails, Mammal research Center...and the view!

Mon Jul 16 2018

Beautiful scenery and not too crowded. Easy parking and many small trails to check out. Best to come when the lighthouse is open otherwise half the trail to it is closed including the tunnel and suspension bridge which is the fun part.

Sat Jun 30 2018

Point Bonita Lighthouse is a charming place to visit! Parking is plentiful and the short walk to the lighthouse is easy. There are seals below the lookout point, a rock tunnel to walk through, and a cute bridge leading to the lighthouse! Loved it!

Thu May 31 2018

Easy hike mostly walking on pavement with a bridge to the lighthouse at the end. Had a few different sights to see including old military bunkers, the lighthouse, and view at the top of the hill overlooking SF, GGB, and ocean!

Mon Apr 09 2018

Gorgeous views. Do the leftmost path first for amazing views and then take the right path for the old fort wall and the hidden trail up to the cliffs and the graffiti houses. Spectacular and exciting!

Tue Oct 10 2017

Beautiful hidden treasure....spectacular view of the Bay, the GG Bridge & San Francisco. The iconic lighthouse with suspension bridge are full of history. Easy trail to walk. A must visit if you’re around the area.

Fri Jul 28 2017

This was a great walk with my son (8yo). Definitely one of those things you should do at least once. And definitely go early!! We got there right around 12:30 when the lighthouse was opening. We waited about 20 minutes to go across the bridge to the actual lighthouse. But when we headed back the line was easily 50 people long, nearly to the tunnel. We had great marine mammal sitings along the hike. Very lovely and decent trails. At some points it is only wide enough for 2 people so if you can avoid bringing a stroller, please do. We noticed parking was tight. We parked down the hill a bit and hiked up past the Point Bonita YMCA.

Sat Jul 08 2017

Nice walk. The tunnel to walk out to lighthouse was closed today due to fog. But still a nice walk up to that point.

Sun Jul 02 2017

Started the track from Rodeo Lagoon where there is plenty of parking. Walked through the coastline towards the Bonita point. The highlight is definitely the light house with a suspension bridge. Weather not good need to wear a coat. But u could see that the view should be fantastic on sunny days. Will be back. Also kids and dogs friendly.

Tue Jun 27 2017

great views. easy walk.

Thu May 11 2017

Heavy traffic, but nice and easy paved hike with beautiful views of the bay. NOTE that it is only open for a few hours during the day so make sure you check before heading out there. We went early in the morning and the tunnel leading to the lighthouse was locked. We had to go back later in the day to finish the hike.

Sun May 07 2017

Its a great hike for beginners. There is way too many people there but it's a fun place to go. It will give you a beautiful look at the Bay Area. The lighthouse employees are very informative and provide great info on the lighthouse's history.

Tue Apr 04 2017

short and great scenery!

Wed Feb 22 2017

Mon Dec 26 2016

Very easy walk. The views alone are amazing

Wed Oct 26 2016

gorgeous views

Sun Sep 11 2016

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.

Sun Jul 24 2016

just a beautiful hike.

Sun Apr 24 2016


cross country skiing
Sun Aug 23 2015

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

Mon Aug 03 2015

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.

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