Chews Ridge Lookout
US 751, CA 82

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 751, CA 82 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered December 11, 2008
Nominated by Patrick J. Barthelow
Location Los Padres National Forest
Monterey County, California
Coordinates N 36° 18.650' W 121° 34.100' (view using Google Maps)
N 36° 18' 39" W 121° 34' 06"
N 36.310830° W 121.568330°
Elevation 5,043 ft (1,537 m)
Built 1940
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Monterey Ranger District and Chews Ridge Gang Field Day Group


Chews Ridge Lookout on the Los Padres National Forest was built in 1929 on a 12’ metal tower. The cab was replaced in 1984 with a modified R-6 flat with catwalk.


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Visit Reports

July 8, 2004: Pat Barthelow


Needs paint? No Response
Shutters OK? No Response
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes
Comments: A Local group plans to adopt. . .Was told that there exists a written history of the site going back to the early 1900s. . .

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No
Comments: Looking for persons who wish to collate lookout histories to supply the history of Chews Ridge lookout when we get it. .
Other enroachments? New growth pine trees since Marble Cone fire, approx 20 yrs old, obscuring view, possible presenting fire danger to structure

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? Yes
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes