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California Fire Lookout Tower Rentals

Caliornia Fire Lookout Towers - Many built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's

Calpine Fire Lookout in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Tahoe National Forest

Calpine Fire Lookout in Tahoe National Forest        
Calpine is a forest fire lookout tower that was constructed in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and is one of three remaining examples of the enclosed windmill-style lookout in California. The lookout was actively used every summer until 1975. It is a three-story structure with external stairs. The top room or observation cab is the only rented space at this time. Calpine sits at an elevation of 5,980 feet in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Tahoe National Forest, approximately 40 miles from Truckee, California. The lookout is ideally suited for over-the-snow ski or snowmobile access. The lookout does not have electricity or water.   The interior of the cab measures 14' by 14' and currently has two single beds, a dry sink, a table and four chairs, three propane lights, a propane heater, a propane stove/oven and a fire finder. Complete Story and Photos


Girard Ridge Lookout near Mount Shasta

Girard Ridge Lookout near Mount Shasta
The Girard Ridge Lookout was constructed in 1931 and used by the Forest Service on a regular basis until 1981. It is one of the few remaining historic lookouts on the Shasta -Trinity National Forest and is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. The structure at Girard Ridge is reportedly the oldest lookout of its particular design remaining in California and was particularly significant for its role as an experimental station for testing the findings of the 1930 Region 5 fire detection study. The lookout was restored close to its original condition in 1997. The lookout is available for rent seasonally on a permit basis. Permits are issued on a “first come-first served” basis to anyone 18 years or older. The permit lists the conditions the visitor must agree to. The rental fee is $75 per night for a party of 4 or less people.
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Black Mountain Lookout is in the Plumas National Forest

Black Mountain Lookout near Milford, California
Black Mountain Lookout is located on the eastern edge of the Beckwourth Ranger District, 10 miles from Highway 395, near Milford, California. The lookout was constructed in 1934 and is a great example of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) architecture. The C-3-type lookout is situated on a single story 10 foot tower and is extremely well-preserved. The lookout tower is available for reservations May 26 through November, offering guests a unique lodging experience in Plumas National Forest. The Plumas National Forest is defined by its unique land features and pleasant climate. Outdoor enthusiasts are attracted to the many streams and lakes, beautiful deep canyons, rich mountain valleys, meadows and lofty peaks. Guests at Black Mountain Lookout are treated to striking views of Honey Lake to the north, and Last Chance Creek to the south.  
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Little Mt. Hoffman Lookout in Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Little Mt. Hoffman Lookout was constructed in the 1920s and was used by the Forest Service on a regular basis until 1978. It is one of the few remaining historic lookouts in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest and is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The lookout is still used by the Forest Service in times of extreme fire danger. The lookout is accessible by car, but the last 4 miles are on unpaved roads and difficult for RVs and cars with trailers to navigate. Visitors must bring many of their own supplies. The accommodations of this lookout may be rustic, but the views guarantee that visitors will have a memorable stay. 
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