Point Bonita lighthouse
stands atop a rocky pinnacle at the mouth of San Francisco Bay.
Just getting down to the lighthouse is a unique experience...
the path winds along the back side of the rocky cliffs and eventually
brings you to a gated tunnel in the rock that is locked when
the lighthouse isn't open for visitors. When it is open,
you walk through a rough hewn rock tunnel for 50 feet or so
and then back out into the open again. The trail continues
downward and eventually gives you a few teasing views of the
lighthouse before opening up at the beginning of the elevated
walkway that leads to where the suspension bridge begins.
Yes, you read that correctly... you reach Point Bonita lighthouse
by crossing a suspenion bridge... the cliffs fall away too steeply
on either side of the span that the bridge crosses for there
to be a trail out to the lighthouse. I've been fortunate
enough to be down at Point Bonita for several sunset shoots
over the years. Some of my collection of images of Point
Bonita are shown below.
Click any of the images
for a larger view!
The map immediately below
shows the Golden Gate area. The red line leaving Hwy 101
on the north side of the bridge is the route out to Point Bonita.
There is parking where the green lines depart the red route.
By following the road out to where it ends at a parking lot,
you can also get distant shots of the lighthouse. The
shorter green line is the trail that leads up to where a World
War II radar station was located that is a great spot to shoot
down onto Point Bonita from. The longer green line leads
out to the lighthouse itself. From Point Bonita you can
see both towers of the Golden Gate bridge as well as the Fort
Point light beneath the south end of the span and the remains
of the Mile Rocks lighthouse off the Richmond District of San