Cone Peak Lookout
US 1288, CA 126
Cone Peak Lookout in 2018

Cone Peak Lookout in 2018 - courtesy of Scott McClintock

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1288, CA 126 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered December 8, 2018
Nominated by Scott McClintock
Location Los Padres National Forest
Monterey County, California
Coordinates N 36° 03.122' W 121° 29.758' (view using Google Maps)
N 36° 03' 07" W 121° 29' 45"
N 36.052038° W 121.495959°
Elevation 5,155 ft (1,571 m)
Built 1923
Administered by U.S. Forest Service


The original 13 X 13 wooden cab ground house on a rock foundation had a hipped "dunce cap" roof, and was called a "California Lookout" design. It was hauled up the two-mile steep and narrow trail in pieces by mules. With its coastal location, it served the Aircraft Warning Service during World War II. The roof was replaced with a flat roof in 1959, which could accommodate landing a Bell-47 helicopter. The wooden sides were subsequently replaced with metal siding, which has well protected the structure from fires and vandalism. The last known lookout to staff the facility worked there until 1990.

As of 2018, the cab is being used to hold radio repeater equipment. Because of this, the tower cannot immediately be reactivated for fire tower usage.


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