Camp Six Lookout at Bear Basin Butte
US 288, CA 21
Camp Six Lookout at Bear Basin Butte - 2016

Camp Six Lookout at Bear Basin Butte - 2016 - courtesy of Ron Kemnow

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 288, CA 21 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered January 6, 1999
Nominated by Ken Wilson, Heritage Resources Program Manager
Location Six Rivers National Forest
Del Norte County, California
Coordinates N 41° 48.551' W 123° 44.463' (view using Google Maps)
N 41° 48' 33" W 123° 44' 28"
N 41.809180° W 123.741051°
Elevation 5,145 ft (1,568 m)
Built 1934
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Gasquet Ranger District
Available for Rental Yes, learn more


The original lookout on Bear Basin Butte was built in 1924 but was struck by lightning and burned in 1936. The Camp Six Lookout was constructed by the CCC in 1934 on Upper Coon Mountain. In the l950s the site was compromised with a number of electronic facilities and the lookout decommissioned. Restoration of the Camp Six began in 1991, but vandals soon damaged the lookout further, causing the Forest Service to remove, rebuild, and relocate it at the Bear Basin Butte site. Administered by the Smith River National Recreation Area, it is a popular site within the recreation cabin rental system.


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