Point Bonita Light

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California

The current Pt. Bonita Light, dating from 1877, sits atop a rugged outcrop on the Pacific side of the Marin Peninsula. Access to the site is from Golden Gate National Recreation Area, down a 1 mile road, through a tunnel, and across a suspension bridge.

I visited this light in 1992, and again in 1997. If you look closely at the photos on this page you'll see how the recent renovation changed the look of the tower. Thanks to docent Michael Gemmell for giving me a special tour, including some close up views of the gorgeous lens.

Access to the light is restricted (the tunnel is blocked) except during regularly scheduled tours. Pt. Bonita has just undergone (winter 95/96) a restoration, including rebuilding the trail down to the light. The light is open for visitors from 12:30 to 3:30 Saturday and Sunday, and for monthly "full moon" tours. Call 415-331-1540 for info.

This photo was taken in the light tower ... if you look closely, you can see the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance.

A fine art print of this lighthouse is available for purchase.