Call Mountain Lookout
US 1341, CA 164
Call Mountain Lookout - 2006

Call Mountain Lookout - 2006 - courtesy of

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1341, CA 164 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered October 26, 2019
Nominated by Brad Eells
Location San Benito County, California
Coordinates N 36° 37.149' W 121° 04.124' (view using Google Maps)
N 36° 37' 09" W 121° 04' 07"
N 36.619147° W 121.068734°
Elevation 3,888 ft (1,185 m)
Built 1935
Administered by California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection San Benito-Monterey Unit (Cal Fire BEU)


This L-601 tower with BC-301 cab is a classic example of the 30 foot "Dutch Windmill" lookout constructed in 1935. The CCCs erected many of these structure types across California during the 1930s. There are a few alterations: aluminum sheeting, steel fire escape ladder, catwalk bracing and composition roofing added; catwalk railing and upper story staircase replaced; and some interior renovations. Metal bands along the length of the northeast tower leg were installed to arrest further checking. Restoration would enhance the original craftsmanship. In 1958, a 60 sq. ft., wood frame generator building was built next to the tower. It has a concrete slab foundation, "v" groove siding and a wood shingle covered gable roof. A 3/3 fixed window is centered on the west gable end, a replacement door is on the east end.

The lookout, located along the rolling summit of a northwest tending ridge, is about a mile north of the highest peak in the Call Mountains. Oak woodland predominates. A 10,000 gallon concrete water storage tank (constructed in 1967) is near the lookout. A metallic telephone line comes in from the northeast. The site is not readily accessible to the public, being about 5 miles from paved road, behind locked gates. (MVT 10/91)


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