Virtual Guidebook to Marin and the North Bay Counties
Point Reyes Lighthouse
Point Reyes National Seashore California


A visit to Point Reyes Lighthouse is an unforgettable experience. Three hundred concrete steps down the spine of the ridge, usually right into the teeth of a howling wind. The squat, strong, cast-iron lighthouse is perched 300 feet above the ocean, cliffs on three sides. Sea birds wheel by, you can often hear sea lions and even elephant seals somewhere below.

North America is all behind you, the Pacific begins here and runs a third of the way around the globe ahead of you.

Check for open hours and bring a wind-proof jacket, you will love it.



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Staff housing and a new leach field at the Point Reyes Lighthouse

(December 4, 2006)


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Rainwater catchment basin and cistern at Point Reyes Lighthouse

(December 4, 2006)


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At the top of the stairway down to the lighthouse

(December 4, 2006)


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Over three hundred steps lead down to the lighthouse

(December 4, 2006)


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A rest platform part way down the lighthouse stairs

(December 4, 2006)


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A small museum next to the lighthouse

(December 4, 2006)


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Point Reyes Lighthouse, and the automatic beacon that replaces it

(December 4, 2006)


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Point Reyes Lighthouse, 300 feet above the ocean

(December 4, 2006)


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On the lower cat-walk around the lighthouse tower

(December 4, 2006)


Next Locality: Point Reyes Headland