Piedras Blancas Lightstation Tour

June 15, 2012

To see Piedras Blancas Lighthouse: From the turnoff to Hearst's Castle on Highway 1, proceed 5.7 miles north to a locked gate, from which a road leads 0.4 miles to the lighthouse.Tours of the station are held daily, except Wednesdays and Sundays, during the summer and a few times a week the rest of the year. Call (805) 927-7361 for more information. One of the dwellings adjacent to the tower is used by the Western Ecological Research Center. NOAA's Southwest Fisheries Science Center conducts Gray Whale Studies from Piedras Blancas during the annual migration.

To see the lens: From the lighthouse, follow Highway 1 south to Cambria and turn left at the Moonstone Beach Drive/Main Street traffic light. Turn right to stay on Main Street, and the lens will be on your right after a few blocks. The lens is lit and actually rotates on Fridays between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. and on Saturday evenings from 7:37 p.m. to 8:37 p.m.