Bear Mountain (Siskiyou-Bear) Lookout
US 1384, CA 207
Bear Mountain Lookout (Siskiyou County) - 2008

Bear Mountain Lookout (Siskiyou County) - 2008 - courtesy of Ron Kemnow

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1384, CA 207 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered November 24, 2019
Nominated by Brad Eells
Location Siskiyou County, California
Coordinates N 41° 18.086' W 121° 43.140' (view using Google Maps)
N 41° 18' 05" W 121° 43' 08"
N 41.301441° W 121.718995°
Elevation 5,835 ft (1,779 m)
Built 1975
Administered by California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Cooperators US Forest Service


The tower was constructed in 1975 and is based on Plan Number 998-lA. It features 12" (diameter) steel columns for the tower legs. Cross bracing is angle iron and steel rods, caps are steel I-beams. The tower's interior walls are unfinished, the corrugated aluminum siding is attached directly to the tower's framing with no insulation. A small partition does extend part way around the sink and shower. The cab is the standard 732-6A design. The lookout is slightly off the cardinal points. This lookout has solar panels installed, with no generator back-up power (previous equipment had been struck by lightning).

Bear Mountain ("Siskiyou" was added by CDF to distinguish it from the other "Bears") is a distinct prominence located in the mountainous region between Mount Shasta and the Modoc Lava Flat. This station is within Siskiyou County. Vegetation is fir, pine, cedar and sage brush. The location has been a favorite "hang out" for porcupines. The tenacious little creatures have eaten up automotive break linings, belts, hoses and even chewed on the tires. A number of the critters have been dispatched with traps and more "permanent" solutions in order to quell the vandalism. The battle continues. The station is some 6 miles from paved road. (MVT 10/91)

The lookout has been occasionally staffed by US Forest Service personnel.


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2006 - courtesy of Fred Johnson