Climbing the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Climbing the historic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is a unique experience. The climb is self-paced and provides views from the tallest brick lighthouse in North America. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is open from the third Friday in April through Columbus Day. Climbing hours are 9 am to 4:30 pm daily in the spring and fall, and 9 am to 5:30 pm the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Tickets are required. The current Cape Hatteras lighthouse is America’s tallest lighthouse at 198 feet high. It is also the worlds tallest brick lighthouse. The Cape Hatteras lighthouse has 257 steps leading to the top. The beacon light can be seen for 20 miles out to sea. It took 1.25 million bricks to build the tower and if you laid each brick down, one-by-one, they would extend from Corolla to Ocracoke Island – over 100 miles!