Deadwood Peak Lookout
US 1396, CA 219
Deadwood Peak Lookout

Deadwood Peak Lookout - courtesy of Steve Maurer

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1396, CA 219 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered December 23, 2019
Nominated by Brad Eells
Location Sierra National Forest
Madera County, California
Coordinates N 37° 18.813' W 119° 41.156' (view using Google Maps)
N 37° 18' 49" W 119° 41' 09"
N 37.313553° W 119.685935°
Elevation 4,547 ft (1,386 m)
Built 1934 - Addition 1952
Administered by California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Cooperators US Forest Service - Sierra National Forest


The tower and cab were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps for the Sierra National Forest. CDF took over the site in 1950 and added the "Cook's Quarters" (utility room below the cab) in 1952. Building materials complimentary to the cab were used for this addition. Thus, the structure is still highly reflective of its CCC roots. Minor alterations include: aluminum siding, composition roofing, and guard rail additions; shutter replacement; and various interior revisions. A steel fire escape ladder is on the north side of the tower. The utility room houses a water pump system, refrigerator, bedding and storage cabinets. A 300 gallon concrete water storage tank is at the base of the tower. CDF has only two L-401 towers.

Deadwood Peak is situated upon the apex of Potter Ridge. The five mile long, southeasterly tending summit is located to the southwest of Oakhurst. The area around the lookout station is predominate in oak woodland, with brush and pine intermix on the lower mountain slopes. There are microwave dishes on the lookout and radio vaults and towers at this site. The area is not readily accessible to the public, being some 4.5 miles from paved road, behind locked gates.


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Photo courtesy of Steve Maurer


2010 - courtesy of Richard Carey -


1912 - courtesy of Ron Kemnow