Point Bonita Lighthouse

EASY 59 reviews

Point Bonita Lighthouse is a 1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Rodeo Beach, 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.

1.0 miles
157 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




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.

4 months ago

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.

6 months ago

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.

7 months ago

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

7 months ago

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.

7 months ago

great views. easy walk.

9 months ago

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.

9 months ago

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.

10 months ago

short and great scenery!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Monday, December 26, 2016

Very easy walk. The views alone are amazing

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

gorgeous views

Sunday, September 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.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

just a beautiful hike.

Sunday, April 24, 2016


cross country skiing
Sunday, August 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.

Monday, August 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.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

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.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

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.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

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

Friday, April 03, 2015

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

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