Point Reyes Lighthouse Visitor Center Trail

MODERATE 42 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.

12 hours ago

One of my favorite stops on our Highway 1 Vacay!

22 days ago

hiking
1 month 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.

1 month ago

hiking
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2 months ago

hiking
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2 months ago

Loved the Lighthouse hike. It gives you a decent workout on the way back up but there were a lot of places to stop and catch your breath, and just enjoy the scenery. Lighthouses are always great photography opportunities and this one is adorable!

2 months ago

2 months ago

2 months ago

Don't miss out the 10min intro of the lighthouse by the park ranger - some good history to learn!

walking
2 months ago

walking
3 months 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
4 months 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!

4 months ago

6 months ago

7 months ago

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

walking
7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

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

8 months ago