Chalone Peak Lookout
US 396, CA 47

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 396, CA 47 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered January 12, 2002
Location Pinnacles National Park
Monterey County, California
Coordinates N 36° 26.856' W 121° 11.676' (view using Google Maps)
N 36° 26' 51" W 121° 11' 41"
N 36.447600° W 121.194600°
Elevation 3,116 ft (950 m)
Built 1952
Administered by National Park Service
Cooperators California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection


Chalone Peak Lookout was built by the California Department of Forestry in what was then Pinnacles National Monument in 1952. Ownership was transferred to the National Park Service in 1990. The 16' x 16' octagonal wood cab sits atop a 20' steel tower enclosed with aluminum siding. Built in 1952, the cab is the oldest of the revised 809R design in CDF's collection. The revision features plate glass windows set on an angle to reduce glare.

As of 2018, the National Park Service has prepared a preliminary estimate of the cost to restore the tower. $200,000 is needed to stabilize the structure, but no funding has been identified.


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