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Point Bonita Lighthouse – Call for Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help welcome visitors to the lighthouse.

Point Bonita
Photo courtesy of National Park Service

Relocated to its present location in 1877, the first Point Bonita Lighthouse was built in 1855 and was the third lighthouse established on the West Coast. Located at the northwest tip of the Golden Gate Strait at the entrance to San Francisco Bay, the station is located on the Marin Headlands within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Point Bonita Lighthouse is reached by a half mile trail that is steep at the beginning, then halfway to the lighthouse, the trail continues through a tunnel carved out in 1877. Finally you cross a suspension bridge to get out to the lighthouse.

Volunteers are needed to provide an essential customer service–helping visitors understand the history of the lighthouse. Talking to the visitors requires considerable knowledge, forethought, and preparation in order to meet visitors needs and questions.

The lighthouse hours are: Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

If you are interested please contact Park Ranger Marcus Combs at 415-289-1804 or <>.

Submitted by Marcus Combs, Volunteer Coordinator, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, June 22, 2017

Approach to Point Bonita Lighthouse. 2017 photo by Candace Clifford

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