Monday, 27 July 2015

Point Bonita Lighthouse

Continuing our lighthouse theme, we visited the Point Bonita Lighthouse on Sunday. After crossing the GG bridge, we took the Alexander Avenue exit, but the tunnel under the mountain was closed so we went up and down the mountain. Surprisingly, traffic wasn't too bad, and we made there in good time. The parking lot near the trail head is small, but there was plenty of parking a little down the road (plus plenty of road side parking near the YMCA). We parked at the farthest point, and while we were walking up, five deer crossed the road just in front of us and then dawdled on the other side of the road.

The walk down to the lighthouse is very nice. You get excellent views of the GG bridge all along the walk, and most of the walk, you are on the side of the mountain with a steep drop on one side. The only time this changes is when you cross one of the three bridges, at which point there are steep drops on either side :) On our way there we saw plenty of harbor seals sunning themselves on the rocks.

The path to the lighthouse also has a tunnel, which was fun for the 5 y.o. - I don't have any photos of that though. The lighthouse is built on a rock jutting out into the ocean, so the lighthouse itself is quite a sight as you walk down the trail.

The final approach to the lighthouse is over a bridge:

As you can see, when you reach the lighthouse, you are in front of the coastline, so you can look back and see the coastline for quite a long distance.

For families: the restrooms near the lighthouse are smelly - stop at the visitor center 1-1.5 miles before the lighthouse.

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