California: Pigeon Point on the PCH.

On an early afternoon day I was cruising south on the open road on California’s PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) towards Santa Cruz when I saw signs for a lighthouse straight ahead. I knew where my next stop would be. I pulled off of Highway 1 onto Pigeon Point Road and found myself at Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park.

Pigeon Point, PCH, California state park

Right away within the park I saw the Piegon Point Lighthouse. The 115-foot lighthouse, one of the tallest in the country, was built-in 1871 and first lit a year later. Unfortunately the lighthouse itself was not open to tour, as it’s currently in the middle of a major restoration, but your allowed it walk around it. I did though catch a lucky break. The fog and clouds started to break along this part of the coast.

Pigeon Point, PCH, California lighthouse

Pigeon Point, PCH, California lighthouse

The lighthouse is still in use today, using one flash every ten seconds the past 125 years, to uniquely identify itself to ships from other lighthouses along the coast.

Pigeon Point, PCH, California lighthouse

Right alongside the lighthouse is the The Pigeon Point Hostel. It was the first hostel I’ve been around, that I can recall, in the United States. 🙂 Lot’s of their guests, as well as tourists, were hanging outside along the wooden look-out deck that extends past the lighthouse to the edge of the coastline.

Capture the open waters of the Pacific…

Pigeon Point, PCH, California state park

…and the scenic and colorful immediate coastline. I didn’t see any on this day, but you can see whales and seals along the shoreline.

Pigeon Point, PCH, California state park

You’ll notice picnic tables and grills available as you walk along the deck. Relax, unwind, and barbecue along the ocean.

Pigeon Point, PCH, California state park

Checkout the coastline to the east from the various trails and other lookouts within this California State Park. One beautiful shot after another! 🙂

Pigeon Point, PCH, California state park, lighthouse

Pigeon Point, PCH, California state park, lighthouse

Pigeon Point, PCH, California state park, lighthouse

Pigeon Point, PCH, California state park

Stopping at Pigeon Point was a highlight during these PCH travels. For picturesque views of a historical lighthouse and the coastline and ocean add this spot to your itinerary. Tip: To make a weekend out of it and stay at the hostel, make a reservation months and months in advance.

What other lighthouses would you recommend checking out in California? On the West Coast?

4 responses to “California: Pigeon Point on the PCH.

  1. I read the first sentence and was ready to hop on the next flight to California… The lighthouse, the area and the pictures are so beautiful! This is NOT helping my Cali obsession, Aaron! I hope to check this place out next time I’m on PCH. 🙂

    • Sorry about that Pola. Definitely a place you’ll want to check out along the coast. Gotta love lighthouses too. Should have a PCHTweetup. 🙂

  2. Stopped by here on our ride up the coast. Really cool spot, and it was definitely weird to see a hostel stateside.

    • I remember seeing your great pic! It’s definitely a great spot. Now that I think about it, nearby San Francisco has a lot of them. Never came across them though. 🙂

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