Figueroa Mountain Lookout
US 881, CA 91

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 881, CA 91 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered June 19, 2010
Nominated by Brad Eells
Location Los Padres National Forest
Santa Barbara County, California
Coordinates N 34° 44.621' W 119° 59.083' (view using Google Maps)
N 34° 44' 37" W 119° 59' 05"
N 34.743680° W 119.984720°
Elevation 4,480 ft (1,366 m)
Built 1965
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Santa Lucia Ranger District


The first lookout on Figueroa Lookout on the Los Padres National Forest was a C3 14'x14' cab on a timber tower. It was replaced in 1965 with a 13'x13' CL-100 metal cab on a 12' concrete block base.


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Current Tower

Current Tower

CL-30 cab

CL-30 cab

September 1960

September 1960

September 1937

September 1937 - courtesy of Craig R. Carey Collection

Visit Reports

November 11, 2020: Scott McClintock


Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Not Applicable
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? No
Good condition? Yes
Comments: Steel cab mounted on a cinder block base ; each very durable and in very good condition. Although the aluminum shutters are in very good shape, vandals have broken all of the windows and destroyed all cab furnishings. Ceiling paint peeling. The USFS has cleared out the debris from the cab interior and secured the door with a chain. Moderate amount of rodent droppings in the cab.<br/><br/>Good cellphone connectivity at this location.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No
Comments: Unusual lack of outside comms gear.
Other enroachments? Visibility from the cab is 60% blocked by approx. 50 mature and middle-aged pines.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? 2-1/2 mile dirt/rock approach road behind locked gate, in very good condition.


Staffed? No
Unstaffed since its closure, presumably in the 70s.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? Yes
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes
I will correspond with the Los Padres National Forest regarding an FFLA activation at this site. There is good potential access to willing volunteers in the area. Largest obstacles are tree cutting and replacing the cab window glass.