Point Reyes Lighthouse
About Point Reyes Lighthouse in Inverness, California
Point Reyes Lighthouse is perched on a ledge at the Point at the farthest distance from the park entrance. Unfortunately there is no beach access from the lighthouse, but Point Reyes National Seashore has many sandy beaches to choose from including the south end of The Great Beach which is nearby. Also close to the lighthouse is Chimney Rock which as hiking trails and a seal rookery to check out. From the lighthouse parking lot it is nearly a half-mile walk to the visitor center. Then it is 300 stair steps down to the lighthouse itself. Your efforts to drive and hike down here will be rewarded with an informative visitor center, a stunning lighthouse, and if it is not a foggy day, excellent views too.
The visitor center and the lighthouse are only open Friday through Monday year-round. The stairs are closed during high winds so check the weather forecast before committing to this trip. Bring a camera for sure and pack warm clothes because even when it’s not raining the wind and humidity can make it a cool place to be outside walking around. If you are here during the winter months whales can be spotted offshore so consider binoculars or a zoom lens for your camera.
To get there start at the Point Reyes National Seashore Bear Valley Visitor Center and drive Bear Valley Road to Sir Francis Drake Boulevard which ends 19 miles later at the lighthouse lot. Allow several hours of drive time to get out here and back again. In the winter months you must take a shuttle bus from the parking lot at Drakes Beach.
- 27000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Inverness, CA 94937
- Park Name
- Point Reyes National Seashore
- National Park
- Pet Details
- No dogs allowed
- Free parking, fee for shuttle in winter months
- Photography, Whale Watching
- Lighthouse, Visitor Center, Restrooms
Chimney Rock on Point Reyes
2.4 miles away
Chimney Rock is a prominent point that protects Drakes Bay in Point Reyes National Seashore from winds and waves...
3.5 miles away
Drakes Beach is a remote beach in Point Reyes National Seashore that requires a long scenic drive to reach....
Point Reyes South Beach
3.6 miles away
South Beach is the southern access to Point Reyes Beach, an 11-mile long strand nicknamed “The Great Beach” in Point Reyes National...
Point Reyes Cypress Tree Tunnel
6.9 miles away
Here’s a popular location for professional photographers that is just as amazing for us amateurs. It’s a tunnel of...
Blue Waters Kayaking Tours & Rentals
10.1 miles away
Point Reyes Hostel
8.1 miles away
The Point Reyes Hostel is on the site of an historic ranch on Drakes Bay in Point Reyes National...
Osprey Peak Bed & Breakfast
9.8 miles away
There are no reviews yet. Be the first one to write one.