Cahto Peak Lookout
US 1125, CA 110
Bill Ulmer photo

Bill Ulmer photo

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1125, CA 110 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered March 20, 2016
Nominated by Bill Ulmer
Location Mendocino National Forest
Mendocino County, California
Coordinates N 39° 41.156' W 123° 34.923' (view using Google Maps)
N 39° 41' 09" W 123° 34' 55"
N 39.685927° W 123.582044°
Elevation 4,198 ft (1,280 m)
Built 1934
Administered by California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection


Cahto Peak Lookout was dedicated July 10, 1934, following construction of a road to the summit of Cahto (Signal) Peak by the U.S. Forest Service. The site is one of the highest points in Mendocino County and is easily visible from 35 miles away. The lookout has not been staffed since 1990 due to budget cuts.


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Visit Reports

March 17, 2019: Jordan


Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? No
Condition of wood OK? No
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes
Comments: Railings are weathered and could use repainting, decking surrounding lookout cab is deteriorating and broken in a couple places. One shutter is partially detached.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? Yes
Comments: Maybe a few weather/atmospheric sensors. Very limited.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No
Comments? Access is via a BLM road. Road is gated approximately 0.5-1 mile from the lookout. There is one BLM sign which gives mileage to Cahto Peak, but does not reference the fire lookout. Road currently in good shape.


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? Unsure
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Unsure