Point Pinos

Lighthouse

One of the wonderful attractions you want to see while staying at Laguna Seca RV park is the Point Pinos lLghthouse in Pacific Grove... Just 15 minutes away...It was Spanish explorer Sebastian Viscaino, in 1602 who came ashore and named the area “la Punta de los Pinos”...the point of the pines…

The Point Pinos lighthouse was turned on in 1855 ...it was the second lighthouse built on the west coast right after Alcatraz and and still continues in operation today... the lighthouse has been beautifully restored by volunteers in the city of Pacific Grove...It sits on well manicured grounds overlooking the ocean surrounded by the Pacific Grove Golf Course...

Port Pinos lighthouse is full of romantic stories... Originally the light was fueled by whale oil which required the lighthouse keeper to climb the stairs several times a night to keep it going... In those days Point Pinos lighthouse was on a very remote point some 3 miles away from the ships at Monterey Bay... Bringing supplies including whale oil from the ships required a trek through dense woods and sand dunes of the hill... In those days the forest was dotted with grizzly bear and cougars as well making it a very dangerous trip... in 1875 lighthouse keeper Allen Luce built a trail that became a road up to the lighthouse from Monterey... That trail continued to expand and is today, lighthouse Avenue...

Another house was built and the Methodist came in with their church camp and eventually Pacific Grove was born... Robert Louis Stevenson visited the lighthouse on more than one occasion and became friends with Luce and wrote about the lighthouse in his book From Scotland to Silverado...

Emily fish became the lighthouse keeper in 1893 and continued to operate it until 1914... Miss fish was very popular and famous for parties at the Lighthouse...

Today the furnishings of the lighthouse have been restored to the time of Miss Fish.

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You can visit the lighthouse from Thursday through Monday from 1-4Pm .. Cost is just a $2 contribution to keep the lighthouse going... The lighthouse itself is still being maintained by the Coast Guard... Some of the former duties of the lighthouse have been replaced by GPS but it is still an important guidance for ships at sea... Coming soon.. A hostel…..


There is more than one way to get from Laguna Seca RV park to Point Pinos lighthouse but we believe the fastest way, generally speaking, depending upon the traffic, is to take 68 to highway 1... Take Highway 1 south and pick up 68 west... wind through the forest and take a left on Sunset Drive go a few blocks and take a right on Asilomar Avenue and that will take you right to the lighthouse.


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