Point Bonita Lighthouse at sunset

Point Bonita Lighthouse

Schwab image of the Point Bonita Lighthouse

Yes, this lighthouse at the southwest tip of the Marin Headlands is still active and maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard. Getting there is a challenge. Parking is limited and the 0.5-mile walk is steep and precarious. This spot, at the “world’s end,” is ruggedly beautiful. Nearby, old army buildings are used for environmental education programs.

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Plan Your Visit

Sun - Mon:
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Point Bonita Marin County
  • Very limited parking availability.
  • Battery Wallace, near the Point Bonita trailhead, is one of the parklands’ most scenic picnic spots with tables and grills overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Bring your own water when visiting.
  • Sights along the trail to the lighthouse include the ruins of an historic Coast Guard rescue station, wildflowers, and pillow basalt rock formations.
  • Discover Point Bonita’s wild landscape, geology, and fascinating history with a guided tour. Visit www.parksconservancy.org/events for details. Or explore the point on your own.

A Beacon in the Fog
The lighthouse was originally placed on a hill above the current location and built in 1855. Point Bonita was the third lighthouse to be built on the West Coast after San Francisco’s infamous fog sent many ships crashing against the headlands’ rocky shoreline. It was moved to its current location in 1877.

 

Events

Find your passion through the many events available at the park.

Sunny day at Point Bonita Lighthouse
Mon, Nov 11 12:30pm-3:30pm
Lighthouse Trailhead
Events
Sunny day at Point Bonita Lighthouse
Sun, Nov 17 12:30pm-3:30pm
Lighthouse Trailhead
Events
Sunny day at Point Bonita Lighthouse
Mon, Nov 18 12:30pm-3:30pm
Lighthouse Trailhead
Events
Sunny day at Point Bonita Lighthouse
Lighthouse Trailhead
Events

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Upcoming Events

Sunny day at Point Bonita Lighthouse
Sun, Nov 17 12:30pm-3:30pm
Marin Headlands, Point Bonita
History, Interpretive Walks, NPS, Recreation/Wellness

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour

Discover how Point Bonita provided safe passage through the treacherous Golden Gate and experience the last manned lighthouse on the...

Sunny day at Point Bonita Lighthouse
Mon, Nov 18 12:30pm-3:30pm
Marin Headlands, Point Bonita
History, Interpretive Walks, NPS, Recreation/Wellness

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour

Discover how Point Bonita provided safe passage through the treacherous Golden Gate and experience the last manned lighthouse on the...

Sunny day at Point Bonita Lighthouse
Sun, Nov 24 12:30pm-3:30pm
Marin Headlands, Point Bonita
History, Interpretive Walks, NPS, Recreation/Wellness

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour

Discover how Point Bonita provided safe passage through the treacherous Golden Gate and experience the last manned lighthouse on the...