Point Bonita Lighthouse Reopens After Two Years
The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most famous landmarks in California, but many don't realize that it's not the only bridge in the area. Point Bonita lighthouse in Golden Gate National Recreation Area stands only a few miles away. The great news is that Point Bonita lighthouse has a new suspension bridge allowing the lighthouse to welcome the public for the first time in two years.
The trail to the lighthouse leads along the cliffs offers walkers superb views of the Pacific Ocean, the beautiful green hills of the Marin Headlands, and on a clear day, views of the Golden Gate Bridge as well as the skyline of San Francisco in the distance.
The new bridge measures 132 feet and it's 124 feet off the ground above rocky terrain. Due to its height, anyone who suffers from vertigo likely won't appreciate the experience. The fact that new bridge also sways when the wind is strong might make some hesitant, but this is the only way for visitors to get to the lighthouse which is well worth visiting. The bridge took one year to build at a cost of just over $1 million and saw construction crews grappling down steep cliffs to fix eye-bolts and other necessary equipment on the rock face.
For the last two years the lighthouse has been closed to the public because the original 1954 bridge had become unsafe to use. The lighthouse flashes every 4 seconds and a foghorn sounds off when sea fogs roll inland off the ocean. The lighthouse has warned sailors of dangers since it was first built in 1855, and it's the third lighthouse to have been constructed at the point.
While a visit to the lighthouse is definitely something that everyone in the area should place on their list, it's important to note that the lighthouse is only open three days a week (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm. Since visitors must go through a rock tunnel which is closed when the lighthouse is not open, there is no way to see the new bridge or the lighthouse except during these open hours.
(Photo Credit: NPB)