In their heyday during the 1930's there were
over 8,000 fire lookouts that dotted mountain
tops across the United States with over 600 in
California.

Today there are only a few hundred in
operation. Once considered a proud symbol of
our nation's conservation heritage, fire lookouts
are a fading legacy.


I hope you enjoy my photos and stories about
visiting these lookouts and I bet you will get
inspired to visit one yourself!  I encourage you
to also learn more about them and support
preserving these historic treasures.


Sequoia National Forest Lookouts

Baker Point Lookout
Bald Mountain Lookout
Blue Ridge Lookout
Breckenridge Lookout
Buck Rock Lookout
Jordan Peak Lookout
Mule Peak Lookout
The Needles Lookout
Tobias Peak Lookout


San Bernardino National Forest Lookouts

Keller Peak Lookout
Strawberry Peak Lookout
Morton Peak Lookout
Cajon Mountain Lookout
Black Mountain Lookout


Stanislaus National Forest

Smith Peak Lookout


Medicine Bow National Forest Lookouts

Spruce Mountain Lookout
Kennaday Peak Lookout


Marin County

Mt. Tamalpais Lookout


Palomar Mountain State Park

Boucher Hill Lookout


Isle Royale National Park

Ishpeming Point


Needles Fire Lookout Tower Destroyed :(


"The Needles Fire Lookout Tower, one of the most popular
places to visit on the Western Divide Ranger District in
Sequoia National Forest, was destroyed by a fire Thursday.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but it was
determined that the blaze was not in any way related to the
Lion Fire that is currently burning in the Golden Trout
Wilderness.

There was a U.S. Forest Service employee stationed in the
tower, but the employee was able to get out before the
lookout was engulfed by flames.

A wildland fire resulted from the burning debris that fell
from the tower. The status of that fire was unknown as of
press time, but crews were on the scene.

“This is a tragic loss to the district,� District Ranger
Priscilla Summers said. “I’m relieved the person
staffing the lookout tower was able to safely evacuate the
tower before it burned.�

Built in 1937-38 by the Civilian Conservation Corps atop the
Needles rock formation at 8,245 feet, Needles Lookout
overlooked the Kern River Drainage, Mt. Whitney, Olancha
Peak, Farewell Gap and Dome Rock. The 14-foot-by-14-foot
wooden tower was the primary communication line for people
in the backcountry where cell phones do not work.

The tower served as a USFS employee’s office and home
for the summer months while the lookout was on duty. The
employee was responsible for detecting fires and relaying
radio messages to the dispatcher, who in turn sent
firefighters and support equipment to extinguish the
reported fire."

From:
http://www.recorderonline.com/articles/fire-49574-
lookout-tower.html

More here: http://www.buckrock.org/Needles.html
Tarol's Homepage
Photography
Backpacking
Babies in the Woods
National Parks
National Forests
I've Worked Here
Local Information
Road Trips
I Wanna Go There!
Bear Encounters
Trees
Wildflowers
Photo Albums
The American West
Poetry & Prose
Q & A
News
Links
What is a Tarol?
So ya wanna be
a Ranger?
Online Photo
Journal of a Fire
Lookout in
Southern California
Forest Fire
Lookout Association
Buck Rock
Foundation
Rent a CA Fire
Lookout for the
night!
Sequoia
Lookouts.com
Fire Lookouts of
the Northwest
Miami Mountain
Lookout Page
California, the
Flammable State
NPR Article on the
Needles Lookout
50 Years a Fire
Lookout