Girard Ridge Fire Lookout
US 266, CA 10
Girard Ridge Lookout

Girard Ridge Lookout

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 266, CA 10 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered May 15, 1998
Nominated by Ron Johnson, FFLA
Location Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Shasta County, California
Coordinates N 41° 07.690' W 122° 16.768' (view using Google Maps)
N 41° 07' 41" W 122° 16' 46"
N 41.128160° W 122.279467°
Elevation 4,753 ft (1,449 m)
Built 1931
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Mt. Shasta Ranger District
Available for Rental Yes, learn more


Built in 1931, Girard Ridge Fire Lookout is a 14’ x 14’ L-4 cab with catwalk atop an enclosed tapered 13’ wooden tower, a 1917 design unique to the California region. It is the oldest structure of its type remaining in the state. No longer active for detection on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, it was restored to its original specifications in 1997 by the Forest Service and volunteers. With tremendous views of Castle Crags State Park and Mt. Shasta, it was placed on the lookout rental program in 1998.


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Photo courtesy of Erik Schroth

Photo courtesy of Erik Schroth

Photo courtesy of B Douglas Jensen

Photo courtesy of B Douglas Jensen

Photo courtesy of Bud Richardson Collection