Description - Perched on a cliff on the central California coast, 50 miles south of San Francisco, the 110-foot Pigeon Point Lighthouse, one of the tallest lighthouses in America, has been guiding mariners since 1872. The associated keepers' housing was restored as a hostel by Hostelling International-American Youth Hostels, California State Parks, and the U.S. Coast Guard.
Copyright: California State Parks
Coastal view including Pigeon Point Light Station
- From the boardwalk behind the fog signal building, watch for gray whales on their annual migration between January and April. Walk through the tidepool area, 100 yards north of Pigeon Point, or through the amazing 1,000-year-old redwoods nearby. Explore Pescadero Marsh, the feeding and nesting place for more than 150 species of birds, and Ano Nuevo State Reserve, the breeding site of northern elephant seals.
Recreation - Facilities: outdoor hot tub, equipment storage area, kitchen, linen rental, on-site parking, wheelchair accessible
Private rooms: available
Groups: welcome (up to 36 people)
Climate - Climate in the San Francisco-Bay area varies greatly with elevation and the amount of coastal influence. Areas with more coastal influence experience moderate temperatures year round with fog likely from June through mid-August. Plan your coastal visit in the late summer or fall to ensure the best conditions for viewing the scenery. Also, occasional clear days between winter and spring storms are incomparable. Areas further inland experience greater temperature extremes, with relatively cooler winters and hot summers. Inland areas often receive frost on winter nights. As throughout most of California most of the precipitation comes in the winter months, with April through October normally very dry.
On California Highway 1, 20 miles south of Half Moon Bay, 50 miles southe of San Francisco and 27 miles north of Santa Cruz.