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Calpine Fire Lookout in the Sierra Nevada Mountains - California


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

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. It contains propane-powered appliances.
     

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

   

Historically, active lookouts were staffed during fire season by one person trained to spot fires. Searching for fires is an all-day and sometimes all night, seven day per week job. Since 1975 Calpine lookout has had limited use, mostly during times of summer lightning activity.
 
   
Calpine Fire Lookout OuthouseCalpine Fire Lookout  Interior
 
Calpine Lookout Facilities

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. A limited assortment of cooking utensils, pots and pans is provided. An accessible pit toilet and a picnic table and fire ring are located outside the lookout. Firewood is not provided.

Calpine Lookout

317 S. Lincoln
Sierraville, CA 96126
Phone:(530)994-3401
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