Point Bonita Lighthouse

EASY 111 reviews

Point Bonita Lighthouse is a 1 mile 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: 1.0 miles Elevation Gain: 170 feet 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.

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26 days 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!

1 month ago

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

2 months ago

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

2 months ago

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

5 months ago

Nice short hike with great views

9 months ago

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

Monday, July 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.

Saturday, June 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!

Thursday, 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!

Monday, April 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!

Tuesday, October 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.

Friday, July 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.

Saturday, July 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.

Sunday, July 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.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

great views. easy walk.

Thursday, 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.

Sunday, 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.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

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


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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.

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