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Name: Point Montara Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Montara, California, United States

Location: Southern approach to San Francisco Bay, 25 miles south of San Francisco.

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Photo: Ken Kochel

Managing Organization:
Point Montara Light Station

Telephone: 650-728-7177


Contact Address Information:
P.O. Box 737
California, 94037, United States

Point Montara Light has been leased by the U.S. Coast Guard to the California Department of Parks and Recreation. It is now used as a youth hostel. The station was originally just a fog signal station; a light was added in 1900. The current light tower was orignally the Mayo's Beach Lighthouse tower in Massachusetts, which was shipped to California in the 1920s.

Tower Height: 30

Height of Focal Plane: 70

Characteristic and Range: White flash every 5 seconds.

Description of Tower: Conical white steel tower with octagonal cast iorn lantern.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
1875 Victorian Gothic duplex wood frame keeper's house, 1902 wood frame fog signal building, storage building, tank house, 1960s dwelling.

Date Established: 1875

Date Present Tower Built: 1928

Date Automated: 1970

Optics: 1912: Fourth order Fresnel; now FA-251.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation, youth hostel.

Open To Public? Grounds only.

25 miles south of San Francisco on California Highway 1 between Montara and Moss Beach; watch for hostel signs.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Nearby Lodging: For information on the hostel at Point Montara call 650-728-7177 or visit


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