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Lighthouse Trail



0.7 mile 1.1 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 28' 8 m
Descent: -46' -14 m
High: 58' 18 m
Low: 19' 6 m


Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 8% (4°)


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A short hike alongside Point Arena Lighthouse.

John Maurizi

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This easy hike goes out next to the Point Arena Lighthouse. This is part of California Coastal National Monument. The trail goes out to two points where you watch the rough surf crash on the jagged coast line.

This trail is marked as hiking but there is no official name for it. I call it the Lighthouse Trail because it starts at the entrance of the Point Arena Lighthouse to the right and goes along a white fence separating the Lighthouse property from the Stornetta Public Land.

The trail follows along the fence then turns right along the coast. There is a cove and two viewpoints you can hike out to. The first has a blowhole of sorts, and at high tide is nice to watch. The trail continues around the cove to the other point. This is a very peaceful hike and in mid-June there were plenty of spring flowers blooming. It is a perfect place to watch the sunset.

Come early to check out the Point Arena Lighthouse. It is situated on the piece of land that is the closest to the Hawaiin Islands from the continental United States. The lighthouse stands at 115 feet high and you are able to go to the top. I did not have time for this, unfortunately, but definitely something I will take advantage of on my next visit. The lighthouse and museum are open daily from 10 am to 3:30 pm but between Memorial Day and Labor Day they stay open until 4:30 pm. The cost is $7.50 for adults and $1.00 for children. There is also the Lighthouse Keepers vacation rental house where you can reserve and stay overnight. This sounds like something I would also like to do. Location: 45500 Lighthouse Rd, Point Arena, CA

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Aug 7, 2018
Genady Shagal
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The second point is just stunning!
May 4, 2017 near Boonville, CA
A cove between the two points provides beautiful scenery along the trail.
May 4, 2017 near Boonville, CA
A view of the trail and lighthouse.
May 4, 2017 near Boonville, CA
Enjoy this view from the first point along the Lighthouse Trail.
May 4, 2017 near Boonville, CA
The trailhead is well marked by this sign.
May 4, 2017 near Boonville, CA


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