Point Sur Lightstation State Historic Park

Point Sur, California

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Point Sur is a 361-foot offshore metamorphic rock that is connected to the mainland by a sand bar called a tombolo. The El Sur Ranch owns the surrounding land except for the 34-acre volcanic rock. The Point Sur Lightstation atop the basaltic rock was built in 1 889. This docent-led hike follows an old horse and buggy route used in the 1 800s. The trail overlooks massive offshore rocks and crashing surf. The tour climbs the spiral staircase to the lamp tower at the top of the 38-foot stone lightstation, where there are magnificent views of the ocean and mountains from 270 feet above the water. Atop the point are intact sandstone buildings, restored historic barns, and a visitor center.

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"Point Sur is a 361-foot offshore metamorphic rock that is connected to the mainland by a sand bar called a tombolo. The El Sur Ranch owns the surrounding land except for the 34-acre volcanic rock. The Point Sur Lightstation atop the basaltic rock was built in 1 889. This docent-led hike follows an old horse and buggy route used in the 1 800s. The trail overlooks massive offshore rocks and crashing surf. The tour climbs the spiral staircase to the lamp tower at the top of the 38-foot stone lightstation, where there are magnificent views of the ocean and mountains from 270 feet above the water. Atop the point are intact sandstone buildings, restored historic barns, and a visitor center."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Point Sur
Distance: 1
Elevation Gain: 360 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3 hours
Local Contacts: California Sea Otter Game Refuge
Local Maps: USGS: Point Sur

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Jun 2018