Eagle Peak Lookout
US 1360, CA 183
Eagle Peak Lookout - 2006

Eagle Peak Lookout - 2006 - courtesy of Fred Johnson

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1360, CA 183 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered October 28, 2019
Nominated by Brad Eells
Location Tehama County, California
Coordinates N 39° 55.628' W 122° 38.514' (view using Google Maps)
N 39° 55' 38" W 122° 38' 31"
N 39.927130° W 122.641896°
Elevation 3,715 ft (1,132 m)
Built 1963
Administered by California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection - Tehama-Glenn Unit (Cal Fire TGU)


Eagle Peak has hosted a lookout structure since at least 1933, beginning with an open platform then later replaced with a BC-301 on an enclosed timber tower.

On the current tower's northwest pier: "1963." Printed on the metal cab walls: "California Blow Pipe steel, Escalon, California." California Blow Pipe contracted with the Forest Service during the 1960s to build several lookouts in the State. The cab is based on the USFS design, CL-30. Although live-in metal cabs were available as early as the 1940s, it wasn't until the 1950s that the CL-30 (CL-16 was the predecessor Plan Number) began to supplant the BC-301 style. The tower is based on the USFS, 1600 series tower plans. Though not nearly as attractive as the wood cab-steel tower combinations, the all steel tower-cab structures are low cost, easy maintenance facilities. CDF took this site over in 1972, adding the lower room ten years later.

The lookout stands upon a rugged ridge between Mill Creek and the South Fork, Elder Creek. The peak has a flat top (pad) which is encircled by the lookout access road. A weather station, propane tank and 1,000 gallon steel water storage tank are located upon this pad. The pad features rock retaining walls. The lookout sets off to the north side of this flat area. Live oak, ponderosa pine, knob cone pine and brush predominate. The site has restricted access, being 2.7 miles from the nearest paved road.


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2002 - courtesy of www.peakbagging.com


1961 - courtesy of Upper Lake Ranger District Collection

Platform Lookout - 1933

Platform Lookout - 1933 - courtesy of Upper Lake Ranger District Collection