Northern California, Shasta-Trinity, Sierraville,
Almanor, Truckee Areas
McCarthy Point Lookout
McCarthy Point Lookout was constructed in 1936 by
the Conservation Corps and was used as an
observation point for detecting fires from 1937 to
the mid 1960s, and for aircraft spotting during
World War II. Now inactive as a fire lookout, the
cabin is available for recreational use. It has two
rooms - a kitchen and bedroom. The "bedroom" is
surrounded on three sides by windows, has overhead
propane lights, two sleeping platforms (about the
size of twin beds) and six old style army cots. The
McCarthy Point Lookout Rental is approximately
3,600 feet above sea level and is located in a very
remote area of the Lassen National Forest. Open
after March 1st.
Almanor Ranger District
Phone (530) 258-2141
Calpine Fire Lookout
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 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. The lookout is ideally
suited for over-the-snow ski or snowmobile access.
The interior of the cabin 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. The
lookout does not have electricity or water.
Calpine Lookout, Sierraville
Girard Ridge Lookout
The Girard Ridge Lookout was constructed
in 1931 and was used by the Forest Service on a
regular basis until 1981. The lookout was restored
close to its original condition in 1997. It 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 rental fee
is $75 per night for a party of 4 or fewer
Phone (530) 964-2184
Black Mountain Lookout
Black Mountain Lookout is located on the
eastern edge of the Beckwourth Ranger District, 10
miles from Highway 395, near Milford, California.
The lookout tower is available for reservations May
26 through November, offering guests a unique
lodging experience in Plumas National Forest.
Guests at Black Mountain Lookout are treated to
striking views of Honey Lake to the north, and Last
Chance Creek to the south.
Black Mountain Lookout, Blairsden
Phone (530) 836-2575