on June 1, 2007
Looking more like an old, one-room schoolhouse, the lighthouse sits near the cliffs overlooking the rocky coast of Mendocino County, between Ft. Bragg and Mendocino. After decades of neglect, the lighthouse is fully restored with a working Fresnel lens and a gift shop and displays from area shipwrecks which led to the commissioning of the light. The keeper's cottage has been converted into the Lighthouse Inn Bed and Breakfast and work continues on other buildings on the property. Guests at the inn or people with handicap stickers may drive down to about 100 yards from the lighthouse. Otherwise, it is a 1/2 mile walk from the parking lot, through fields of wildflowers, and with the barking of sea lions to keep pace, it is a very pleasant walk, though returning to the parking area is a steep climb. Around the lighthouse, the view of offshore rocks and wave-carved coast is spectacular, with areas to each side where the waves have carved deeply into the land creating deep grottoes. During whale migration season—November to April—this is a great spot to see grey whales on their way to and from Baja California.
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