Perched on a remote promontory 124 feet above the ocean, with its dramatic setting and expansive views, Point Bonita Lighthouse lures day-visitors throughout the year. But on full-moon nights, ranger-led tours reveal an even more dramatic place. Waves crash below and the city shimmers to the south over the moonlit sea.
The quarter-mile walk to the lighthouse is safe, but heady: You’ll follow a wide gravel path along a cliffside traverse, pass through a tunnel, then cross a breezy suspension bridge. Along the way, the knowledgeable rangers will spin tales from the lighthouse’s history, while the moon spins its own mysteries around you. The first guided full moon tour of the year is coming up on April 1 (with another scheduled for April 29). Reserve a spot right away: this is a super popular tour and fills fast!
To make a reservation, call Marin Headlands Visitor Center at (415) 331-1540. Full moon tours are typically offered monthly. Directions: From Hwy. 101, take the Alexander Ave. exit and turn right at the stop sign. After 150 yards, turn left toward the tunnel on Bunker Rd. Continue on Bunker Rd. to Field Rd. and turn left. Follow the signs to Point Bonita Lighthouse. No dogs.