Bunker Hill Lookout
US 593, CA 64

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 593, CA 64 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered September 21, 2004
Nominated by Kathy Allison
Location Eldorado National Forest
Placer County, California
Coordinates N 39° 02.962' W 120° 22.824' (view using Google Maps)
N 39° 02' 58" W 120° 22' 49"
N 39.049370° W 120.380400°
Elevation 7,502 ft (2,287 m)
Built 1942
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Pacific Ranger District


Bunker Hill Lookout is a one-of-a-kind structure built by Joe Bauman who was a long time Forest Service employee in 1942. The original station on the Eldorado National Forest was a 14’x14’ live-in R-5 cab. Later it was one of three sites selected to receive this special stone tower (the other two are on the Lassen and the Los Padres National Forests).


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Bunker Hill - July 28, 1957 (Linton A. Brown, Sr. photo)

Bunker Hill - July 28, 1957 (Linton A. Brown, Sr. photo)

Bunker Hill - July 28, 1957 (Linton A. Brown, Sr. photo)

Bunker Hill - July 28, 1957 (Linton A. Brown, Sr. photo)

Visit Reports

September 30, 2006: Craig Ruth


Needs paint? No Response
Shutters OK? No Response
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes
Comments: Looks to be manned seasonally. Road is gated quite a ways from the lookout (to keep vandals out?) so it takes a bit to get up there. Is centrally located in the forest and has a commnading view though it was quite hazy looking out towards the sacramento valley.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No
Comments: Three antennas on the building would indicate it is used as a repeater site for the Forest Service
Other enroachments? Fairly small detached weather station located nearby.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? There is a sign on the turnoff just before the road leading up to the lookout. No other signs noted and forest service map was not particularly accurate on the area.


Staffed? Sometimes

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No Response
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No Response
Probably during lightning storms. Didn't have an opportunity to confirm.