Point Cabrillo Light Station


What? :

This State Historic Park occupies a spectacular headland extending out into the Pacific where the old lighthouse is located just above the ocean cliffs.


Where? : 

Located just 2.5 miles north of Mendocino on a side road, entrance to this road is the same as Russian Gulch park.

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My thoughts:

Nice place to spend 2 hours, hike to the lighthouse, when done take north on the cliff edge and hike back to the parking lot.


The visit:

The Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park is well worth visiting. There are three buildings that are open to the public, including the lighthouse with its museum and gift shop, the first assistant light keeper’s house, and a Marine Science exhibit.

Even today the lighthouse is an active “aid to navigation” by using it 100-year-old third-order Fresnel lens.


From the main parking lot near the entrance you can hike down to the lighthouse (half a mile) on the main paved road.

There are few other hiking trails throughout the Point which wind through coastal prairie and coastal bluff habitats. It can be chilly and windy. Layered clothing is suggested.

At your hikes you can spot harbor seals resting on offshore rocks as well as sea lions swimming by.





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