Point Reyes Light is a lighthouse located on the Point Reyes Peninsula across the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco. California, United States. Its first-order Fresnel lens was first lit on December 1, 1870.
According to the USCG (United States Coast Guard) Point Reyes is, by official records, the windiest and foggiest on the Pacific Coast. The station is frequently blanketed by week-long periods of fog and few years pass that do not see violent gales of 75 to 100 mph (121 – 161 km/h) strike the area.
During certain times of the year it can get so foggy and windy at the light station, that one cannot even view the lighthouse from the top of the approximately 300 steps necessary to walk down to reach it.
Point Reyes Lighthouse serves a great purpose in such a foggy area, as there is no beach to wash up on; it is on a rocky cliff. Day or night, the light may be the only thing visible to ships.