Crane Flat Lookout
US 280, CA 14
Crane Flat Lookout - 2010

Crane Flat Lookout - 2010 - courtesy of Ron Kemnow

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 280, CA 14 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered June 4, 1998
Nominated by Mark Swift
Location Yosemite National Park
Mariposa and Toulumne Counties, California
Coordinates N 37° 45.613' W 119° 49.261' (view using Google Maps)
N 37° 45' 37" W 119° 49' 16"
N 37.760220° W 119.821020°
Elevation 6,610 ft (2,015 m)
Built 1931
Administered by National Park Service
Cooperators National Park Service, Western Region


The first permanent lookout in Yosemite National Park, Crane Flat was built by the NPS in 1931 before the CCC. It and Henness Ridge are fine examples of the Park Service Rustic Architecture. The first story with garage is of stone, topped with a 13’ x 13’ wooden cab with catwalk.


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1995 - courtesy of Mark Swift Collection