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Point Reyes Lighthouse

1 Bear Valley Visitor Center Access Road, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956, USA
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Whale Watching Above The Clouds  Point Reyes Station California United States
Getting Blown Away at Point Reyes Lighthouse Point Reyes Station California United States
Point Reyes Lighthouse Point Reyes Station California United States
A Clear Day at the (2nd) Foggiest Lighthouse in North America Point Reyes Station California United States
A Foggy Walk to the Point Reyes Lighthouse Point Reyes Station California United States
310 Steps to Lighthouse Love Point Reyes Station California United States
Hike to Point Reyes Lighthouse Point Reyes Station California United States
Whale Watching Above The Clouds  Point Reyes Station California United States
Getting Blown Away at Point Reyes Lighthouse Point Reyes Station California United States
Point Reyes Lighthouse Point Reyes Station California United States
A Clear Day at the (2nd) Foggiest Lighthouse in North America Point Reyes Station California United States
A Foggy Walk to the Point Reyes Lighthouse Point Reyes Station California United States
310 Steps to Lighthouse Love Point Reyes Station California United States
Hike to Point Reyes Lighthouse Point Reyes Station California United States

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Whale Watching Above The Clouds

Point Reyes is a special location with hiking trails, historic farms, and the small towns of Inverness and Point Reyes Station with lovely local food finds and little shops. To get to the lighthouse just follow the road signs from Inverness, and walk the trail from the parking lot. The day this photo was taken was one of those misty foggy days with bright patches of sun. On the walk to the light house we saw deer grazing, wild flowers blooming, and mist dripping from the trees. Once we reached the point we were in a bright sunny patch all to the right we saw a blanket of fog below us laying on the water, to the left was bright blue waters and sunny skies, and to our great surprise whales in the water!! Whales swim pass the area from march to early may and if you want to take the chance you may get a glimpse of them. The whale sighting was the highlight to our already beautiful day.

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AFAR Local Expert
over 5 years ago

Getting Blown Away at Point Reyes Lighthouse

I practically got "blown away" at the Point Reyes Lighthouse because it was so incredibly windy the day I visited. In fact, this is the windiest place on the Pacific Coast and the second foggiest place in North America, making it very dangerous for ships on their way to nearby San Francisco. Today, the Point Reyes Lighthouse is part of the Point Reyes National Seashore, a place of incredible wild beauty. This peninsula sticks 10 miles out into the Pacific, creating dramatic views all around.
about 2 years ago

Hike to Point Reyes Lighthouse

The lighthouse is one of the most popular stops in the park. Over 302 stairs lead down the side of the headlands to the windiest place on the Pacific Coast (it is recommended to wear layers). From 1870 to 1975 lighthouse keepers worked around the clock to keep the light going for mariners. Now fully automated, the lighthouse is a museum and park rangers are on hand to answer questions.
AFAR Traveler
over 5 years ago

Point Reyes Lighthouse

After a day of hiking, relax with a short climb down the 300 steps to the iconic Point Reyes Lighthouse and catch a glimpse of whales!
over 5 years ago

A Foggy Walk to the Point Reyes Lighthouse

Visitors and locals alike must take an afternoon to explore Point Reyes, just north up the coast from San Francisco. For those looking for a light walk with an incredible view, a stroll to the Lighthouse is the way to go.

More likely than not, the cliffs of Point Reyes will be blanketed in fog, making for a mysterious trail to the very tip of the point. But once you reach the light house, if the fog has parted just enough, your breath will be taken away by the staggering cliffs and booming crash of the waves.
over 5 years ago

A Clear Day at the (2nd) Foggiest Lighthouse in North America

Although Point Reyes Lighthouse is considered to be the "windiest place on the Pacific Coast and the second foggiest place on the North American continent", we managed to cruise up here on an incredibly clear day. If the sun is shining and the skies are clear, I highly recommend leaving the streets of San Francisco for a lovely hour cruising through West Marin and into the Point Reyes National Seashore. There is lovely hiking all along the coast as well as a great overview of the history of the Lighthouse.
over 5 years ago

310 Steps to Lighthouse Love

The National Park Service is unusually active in limiting liability at the Point Reyes Lighthouse.

Warning signs above the 310 stairs down to the house cite that the descent is not for the faint of heart or weak of knee. While it may be easy to descend the steps, the reverse trip is the equivalent of climbing a 30 story building.

Access is also denied if the wind reaches 40 miles per hour--which on this wild point jutting out into the Pacific happens rather frequently.

But even if you capitulate to the warning signs, the views from the visitor center up top are well worth the visit.

The Point Reyes Lighthouse is located about two hours north of San Francisco. Be sure to check the Point Reyes website and/or the Bear Valley Vistor Center for current visiting hours and weather conditions.