Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park
- Wildlife viewing
The 1st Assistant Lightkeeper house is a period museum that has been restored to the way the house would have looked in the 1930s. There is a ramp but some doorways may be narrow for some wheelchairs. The lightkeeper’s house and two cottages (one wheelchair-accessible) are available as vacation rentals.
Trails and Pathways
- Pathway from lower lot to lighthouse
- Time to Complete:
- 15 minutes
- Trailhead Location:
- Lower parking lot
- Trail Length:
- Less than .5 mile
- Typical Width:
- 30 in. to 4 ft.
- Typical Grade:
- Typical Terrain:
Only a few hundred feet of the South Trail by the lower parking lot are accessible, and even that stretch is rough riding on a two-track dirt road. Had I known beforehand about the lack of trail access, I would have parked in the upper lot and taken the park half-mile entry road down to the light station. This paved road dips and rises past open grasslands, and will give you the sense of isolation that no doubt was experienced by the lightkeepers who once lived here. From the lower parking lot, a 30-inch-wide walkway leads you past the head lightkeeper’s house, several cottages, the carpentry shop, and the smithy and to the lighthouse a few hundred feet farther.
- Accessible Parking:
- Yes – designated accessible parking, van accessible, firm, level or slope no greater than 2%;
At upper and lower lot (light station). With a disabled placard you can drive the park access road (only open to authorized vehicles and pedestrians) a half-mile to the light station; otherwise, you can park in the upper lot and walk the half-mile paved access road to the light station.
- Accessible Restroom:
- Yes – Located at the upper parking lot and by the Lightkeepers House Museum.
- Accessible Picnic Table:
- Yes – firm & stable path to tables, firm & stable surface, 27" or greater knee clearance
- Accessible Visitor Center:
- Yes – Step inside the restored 1904 lighthouse to find knowledgeable volunteers from Point Cabrillo Lightkeepers Association that are eager to talk about the history of the light station and the timber industry's evolution in this region. There are displays on the history of the Pomo Indians, including artifacts, and on the sinking of the Frolic, a clipper brig bound for San Francisco during the Gold Rush in 1850. A replica of the ship and a cannon that was rescued by divers are among the exhibits. A small gift shop has books, gifts, and lighthouse and nautical-theme items.
Nearby, the blacksmith and carpentry shop contains an exhibit on marine science; a three-inch threshold at the entry limits wheelchair access.