Point Bonita

San Francisco, California

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Take a short stroll to the farthest edge of the Bay Area. Perched on a naked fin of rock jabbing into the ocean, Point Bonita Lighthouse is a lonely sentinel with extraordinary views.
101 Hikes in Northern California: Exploring Mountains, Valleys, and Seashore

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101 Hikes in Northern California: Exploring Mountains, Valleys, and Seashore

by Matt Heid (Wilderness Press)

Take a short stroll to the farthest edge of the Bay Area. Perched on a naked fin of rock jabbing into the ocean, Point Bonita Lighthouse is a lonely sentinel with extraordinary views.

© 2015 Matt Heid/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: San Francisco
Distance: 1
Elevation Gain: 50 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: September–May
Local Contacts: Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-min. Point Bonita
Topo Map: Point Bonita Topographic Map
Guide Book: 101 Hikes in Northern California: Exploring Mountains, Valleys, and Seashore Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

8/27/2010

This trail was really worth the trip that we made from Sacramento to hike it. Every step has a magnificent view of the ocean and part of it also has a view of Tomales Bay on the opposite side of the trail. But the best part of the trail is all of the Tule Elk that are just off to the side between the trail and the cliffs overlooking the ocean. We saw four groups of Elk numbering 20 - 30 each and got some great photos of them. We had prepared for fog and some rain, but when we arrived at about 10:30am the fog had pretty much burned off and the sun had come out, we could not have asked for better weather, but even if we had hiked it in the rain it would have been worth it to see the elk. There are a few spots that have pretty cold wind so a hood to cover your ears is recommended, but it should be one that can be tied around your waist when it warms up on some parts of the trail. There is a very small lake after about 3 miles that you should try to see because there was a small herd of elk there and we were told that they are usually in this spot. The hike back up from the lake is not bad, my mother-in-law who is in her late 60's with a leg problem made it just fine. I highly recommend this trail to everyone who loves views of the ocean and wildlife.

7/4/2010

This is a nice easy hike. Don't let the mileage discourage you, it doesn't seem as long as it is. Amazing views of the ocean, patches of marine layer and sun intermixed. Mixed vegetation keeps it interesting. The scramble down to the falls isn't hard, but we couldn't figure out a way down to the beach. Maybe next time we will. Be warned that the last 1/2 mile off the main trail to the falls is not maintained as well as the main trail. There is A LOT of poison oak, as tall as we were. Luckily it had just been cut back recently when we were there, but be advised best to wear long pants and long sleeved shirt through that section.

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