Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Point Bonita Lighthouse

On a recent sunny Sunday, I had a chance to revisit one of my favorite spots in the Bay Area:  Point Bonita.  Located on the north side of the Golden Gate, the point marks the entry to San Francisco Bay and provides for stunning vistas of the Marin Headlands, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Pacific Ocean.

The Point Bonita Lighthouse provides a beacon for ships attempting to navigate the treacherous entrance to San Francisco Bay.  To get to the lighthouse, one must navigate a half-mile trail from the parking lot that includes a walk through a tunnel dug by Chinese laborers who worked on the transcontinental railroad in the nineteenth century. Unfortunately, the trail is open only from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays. Even more unfortunate is that the suspension bridge that connects the end of the trail to the lighthouse has seen better days and is closed for repairs until the spring of 2012.  As a result, the lighthouse is currently inaccessible to visitors.  Nevertheless the walk to the end of Point Bonita is worth it just for the views.

If you would like to take a private, custom tour that includes a visit to Point Bonita, your best bet is to schedule a full-day San Francisco and Muir Woods Tour (The Perfect Day Tour).  For more information, contact Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or Rick@BlueHeronTours.com

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