Point Reyes Lighthouse
1.7 miles     600 ft
20 May 2011

Short sweet hike to Point Reyes Lighthouse with expansive views of the Pacific. Requires climbing down 308 steps.

Location: Point Reyes National Seashore

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Trail Maps

» Many many maps by National Park Service: Good quality maps showing various trails in different parts of Point Reyes.

» Tom Harrison Trail Map: High quality contoured map showing various trails and mileages for different sections.


Route: At the trail head, you may first visit the Whalewatching Overlook, which adds about 0.2 miles round-trip to the hike. Then follow a paved road to Lighthouse Visitor Center. Beyond the visitor center, you have to descend along stairs with more than 300 steps, which is the equivalent of a 30-storeyed building.

Notes: See Yelp reviews for Point Reyes Lighthouse. Great views of Point Reyes Beach in the north and some wildflowers close to trail head in spring.


Location: (Point Reyes Lighthouse Parking Lot) at the eastern end of Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness, CA 94937 . No street address. Parking area is visible in Google Maps if you zoom in sufficiently.

Directions: From US-101 North, take exit 450B towards San Anselmo, then merge onto Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Continue 41.5 miles along Sir Francis Drake Blvd to reach the parking lot for Point Reyes Lighthouse.

Google Maps:

Parking Fees: None (last visited: May 2011)

Capacity: About 40 cars.

Latitude: 37.997909     Longitude: -123.011990

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