Frazier Mountain Lookout
US 1372, CA 195
Frazier Mountain Lookout

Frazier Mountain Lookout - courtesy of

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1372, CA 195 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered October 30, 2019
Nominated by Brad Eells
Location Los Padres National Forest
Ventura County, California
Coordinates N 34° 46.496' W 118° 58.157' (view using Google Maps)
N 34° 46' 30" W 118° 58' 09"
N 34.774939° W 118.969291°
Elevation 8,027 ft (2,447 m)
Built 1934
Administered by US Forest Service - Los Padres National Forest


Frazier Mountain was the first lookout site for what was the Santa Barbara National Forest. A lookout was in place some time before 1920. California Region 5 Plan 4A or 4AR was constructed on the mountain. The current structure was constructed in 1943, a California Region 5 Plan BC-301 on an 11 foot timber tower. The tower is somewhat unique in that the lower enclosed room is built inside the tower structure leaving it exposed to the elements.

A Forest Service Bulletin reported that in 1932, the lookout operator received the newspaper twice daily by air. A Varney Airlines (predecessor to United Airlines) pilot dropped a San Francisco paper on his southbound route and a Los Angeles paper on his return route north. The pilot and lookout corresponded regularly via mail.


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