Gardner (Mt. Tam) Lookout
US 1115, CA 108
Gardner (Mount Tam) Lookout

Gardner (Mount Tam) Lookout - courtesy of

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1115, CA 108 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered September 21, 2015
Nominated by Don Keylon
Location Mount Tamalpais State Park
Marin County, California
Coordinates N 37° 55.745' W 122° 34.669' (view using Google Maps)
N 37° 55' 45" W 122° 34' 40"
N 37.929079° W 122.577822°
Elevation 2,572 ft (784 m)
Built 1934
Administered by Marin County Fire Department


The lookout is located within Mount Tamalpias State Park on East Peak.

The war veterans of CCC Company 1920V built this lookout between 1934 and 1936. In addition to hauling the materials for this sturdy stone structure up the mountain by hand and by cable system, the CCC members also built a water system, ran electric, and installed phone lines. According to a history of the Marin County Fire Department, "equipped with electricity, hot and cold running water, and telephone, this lookout was acclaimed 'The Deluxe Lookout Station of California'."

Gardner Lookout continues to be actively used by the Marin County Fire Department as of 2019.


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Aerial view

Aerial view - courtesy of Don Keylon

Osborn Fire-Finder

Osborn Fire-Finder - courtesy of

Photo courtesy of

Photo courtesy of The Redwood Bark


1934 - courtesy of California State Parks


1952 - courtesy of Marin Independent-Journal

Photo courtesy of Ron Kemnow

Marine Exchange Observatory

Marine Exchange Observatory - courtesy of Ron Kemnow


1900 - courtesy of Mill Valley Public Library

The Locator - Circa 1900

The Locator - Circa 1900 - courtesy of Mill Valley Public Library