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Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park Trails

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No cell phone receptionThis location has no cellular reception. Please plan accordingly. We recommend that you download the PDF trail data sheet below to your device prior to your trip to this location.

The Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park is a real gem. It is operated by the Point Cabrillo Lightkeepers Association (PCLK) under a concessionaire contract with State Parks. There is a lot to explore here- three buildings including the Lighthouse with its museum and gift shop, the First Assistant Light Keeper’s House, and the Marine Science exhibit with a 270-gallon salt water aquarium in the restored blacksmith/workshop. These exhibits are open from 11am -4pm year-round for visitors to enjoy. The Lighthouse is a working Federal Aid to Navigation with lens tours offered (for a fee) 8 times a year (see the website for dates). These tours allow visitors the rare opportunity to see the brilliant original Fresnel lens up close. Whale watching from this Point is particularly good from November through April during the Eastern Pacific Grey Whale migrations between the Arctic and Baja Mexico. The water offshore of Point Cabrillo is a Marine Protected Area, and the offshore rocks are part of the Coastal Monument. The coastal trail network here extends north to Frolic Cove, which is where the clipper brig “Frolic” wrecked in 1850, leading to the awareness of the huge redwoods on the Mendocino Coast, bringing loggers and new settlers to an area already inhabited by indigenous groups including the Mitom Pomo. A short walk north on the county road will take adventurous hikers to the Caspar Uplands Trail, which they can use to access nearby Caspar Headlands State Beach.

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Point Cabrillo Lighthouse Trail trail map

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Trail Latitude (X): 39.349

Trail Longitude (Y): -123.813

Mapping: View vicinity on Google Maps (see Trail Map above or Trail Data Sheet PDF under the Information tab for a more precise map)

Point Cabrillo Drive Mile Marker (north): 1.5

Point Cabrillo Drive Mile Marker (south): 1.5

Trail Length: 2 miles