Castro Peak Lookout
US 1289, CA 127
August 2018 photo

August 2018 photo - courtesy of Scott McClintock

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1289, CA 127 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered December 8, 2018
Nominated by Scott McClintock
Location Henninger Flats Forestry Unit
Los Angeles County, California
Coordinates N 34° 11.557' W 118° 05.351' (view using Google Maps)
N 34° 11' 33" W 118° 05' 21"
N 34.192611° W 118.089184°
Elevation 2,554 ft (778 m)
Built 1925
Administered by County of Los Angeles Fire Department, Forestry Division


Built in 1925 on Castro Peak, the highest point in the Malibu Hills west of Los Angeles at coordinates N 34.085989 W 118.785362, Castro Peak Lookout was an 8'x8'-foot metal cab on a 22-foot tower. It was built and operated by the Los Angeles County Forestry Department until it went out of service in 1971. In approximately 1978, it was moved to L.A. County Fire Department’s Henninger Flats Forestry Unit, which occupies an island of county property in the Angeles National Forest on the south slope of Mt. Wilson, site of an historic observatory. At Henninger Flats, the tower was refurbished, stocked with 1925 period artifacts, and mounted on a 7-foot tower as a historic public education display, and part of the Forestry Unit’s visitor center/museum.


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