Point Reyes Lighthouse Visitor Center Trail

MODERATE 56 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.

DISTANCE
1.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
413 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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.

hiking
2 days ago

It's worth the drive. We went early , it was just the right time when we came in . By the time we left at around 11-11:30ish parking was so full other visitors are park on 2 side of the road that can add another mile of hike.

2 days ago

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25 days ago

Kid friendly. Can be cold and windy any day on the year.

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1 month ago

Can't take your dog anywhere. Too many people that don't know how to park or drive. Great views, but will have to come back without my dog. And possibly in the middle of winter at 4am so no one else is here.

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2 months ago

wrong day for me to make it inside of the lighthouse... great geology up there... sandstones and some river rock deposits high on the hill...

2 months ago

One of my favorite stops on our Highway 1 Vacay!

3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

The walk from the parking lot to the entrance of the stairs to the lighthouse was average. There were beautiful views of the water. Unfortunately the stairs to the lighthouse were closed due to 40 mph wind. The stairs were a steep set straight down, with no platforms for breaks. Area gets very crowded, even in cold, windy conditions.

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