July 29, 2013 photo of restored lookout
|Registry Numbers||US 394, CA 58 (view other lookouts in United States, California)|
|Date Registered||January 15, 2002|
Palomar Mountain State Park
San Diego County, California
N 33° 20.070' W 116° 55.134' (view using Google Maps)
N 33° 20' 04" W 116° 55' 08"
N 33.334500° W 116.918900°
|Elevation||5,406 ft (1,648 m)|
|Administered by||California Dept. of Forestry|
|Cooperators||California Dept. of Forestry and Dept. of State Parks|
The California state lookout on Boucher Hill located in Palomar Mountain State Park (which is located within the Cleveland National Forest) was constructed in 1948 but has been inactive since 1983. The structure is an excellent example of the CDF 809R design on a 30 foot enclosed, K-brace tower with a 15x15 octagonal cab. The lookout is 1 of only 3 remaining examples of the pre-1950 unique, California only design. Boucher Hill has hosted a fire lookout since the early 1920’s. The original structure was a small, observation only cab on a 20-30 ft tower built by the Forest Service. This lookout was replaced in 1934 with an enclosed 30 ft wood tower and a 14x14 4AR cab. The lookout and site were transferred to the California Department of Forestry (CDF) in 1936. The current 1948 tower was updated in 1973 with aluminum siding and new windows in the lower tower living quarters.
The lookout is staffed every day during fire season.
Tower in 1920 and 1934
Twin Towers 1948
Photo from prior to restoration
2013 Volunteer Lookout Staff