Visiting Point Reyes Lighthouse

I’ve always wanted to visit the Point Reyes Lighthouse. But even to most people living in the Bay Area, the Lighthouse is somewhat of a trek. It took me 2 hours driving from San Francisco to Point Reyes.

If you do plan to visit the lighthouse, plan to leave early in the morning to avoid traffic. You’ll also want to stop by the Point Reyes Shipwreck and have a nice leisurely stroll at one of Point Reyes scenic beaches.

I left at 9:00AM got back home around 8:00PM. It was quite the adventure full of photography, hiking and of course, surfing. And this was going fast. Plan to bring snacks or prepared lunches if do you do not plan to stop to eat.

Let’s get down there to see the Pacific Ocean.
Walking down the stairwell and seeing this.
Made it to the bottom of the stairwell to find the lighthouse.
Pretty steep stairwell but the view is worth every step up.


  • Casual shoes – expect to walk 2-3 miles
  • Lunch/snacks
  • Water
  • Sweater
  • Shades
  • Camera
  • Full tank of gas – be sure to fill up when you get a chance

The Point Reyes Lighthouse is the closest location and sits in the Gulf of the Farrallones (approx. 20 miles to the islands). The Farralones Islands are federally protected natural reserve since it harbors some of the worlds largest seabirds and over 300,000 species.

Called the Devils Teeth by ancient mariners, these rugged, remote rocky islands were named by Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in 1539 and Sir Francis Drake 1591, these islands were charted by the Portugese mariner Vizcaino in 1601. –

The lighthouse is open to the public from 10:00-4:30pm (weekdays), 9:00-4:30pm (weekends) and hosts various tours during the day. Be sure to check out National Park Service for more information.

Have fun and let me know if you have any questions, and be sure to subscribe!

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