Big Hill Lookout (Eldorado National Forest)
US 598, CA 69

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 598, CA 69 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered September 21, 2004
Nominated by Kathy Allison
Location Eldorado National Forest
El Dorado County, California
Coordinates N 38° 50.543' W 120° 24.455' (view using Google Maps)
N 38° 50' 33" W 120° 24' 27"
N 38.842380° W 120.407580°
Elevation 6,132 ft (1,869 m)
Built 1993
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Pacific Ranger District


Located in the heart of the Eldorado National Forest, Big Hill Lookout is a center of fire control operations. The original 14’x14’ lookout of 1935 on a 23’ tower was burned by the disastrous Cleveland Fire of 1992. The current 14’x14’ cab with catwalk was built in 1993 along with an attractive groundhouse residence. There is also a seasonal helicopter air attack base on the site. The lookout and base are both active in fire season.


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