Hi Point Montara Lighthouse Overview | Half Moon Bay Beach Hike

Hi Point Lighthouse Overview: Located a short 15-20 minute drive north of Half Moon Bay, Hi Point Montara Lighthouse is a historic and still operating coastal emblem. The historic lighthouse opened in 1875 to serve as a maritime compass and guide ships through coastal fog. Today, the lighthouse has expanded to a hostel and beach access point for hikers. However, the lighthouse still retains its historic roots and still operates as an aid to navigation by the United States Coast Guard.

If you’re searching for a beautiful coastal backdrop, short beach hike or an convenient way to access the beach, Hi Point Montara Lighthouse is an ideal Half Moon Bay destination.

Estimated Time: 1 hour

Total Distance: 1 mile (round-trip)

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The California State Parks has operated the hostel and maintain the grounds since 1980.

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The lighthouse grounds provides easy beach access for hiking, surfing and relaxing.

Hi Point Montara Lighthouse Trail Photo Gallery

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When to Go

Year-Round: The hostel and lighthouse grounds are open year-round (weather permitting). If you want to escape summer crowds and tourists, visit Hi Point Lighthouse during the colder winter months. However, remember to bring a jacket or umbrella as it may be cold or rainy!

Dog Friendly

No, dogs are not permitted at Hi Point Montara Lighthouse hostel or surrounding grounds.

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Trail Directions

Address for GPS: 8800 Cabrillo Hwy, Montara, CA 94037

Why We Liked It

Hi Point Montara Lighthouse is a beautiful costal gem that is easily accessible from the Pacific Coast Highway. We loved exploring the lighthouse grounds and enjoying coastal views from the bluff.

Although the actual hiking trail is relatively short, the ligthouse views are unforgettable and worth the visit!

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