Grouse Ridge Lookout
US 283, CA 17
Grouse Ridge Lookout - 2016

Grouse Ridge Lookout - 2016 - courtesy of CalEXPLORnia

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 283, CA 17 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered June 4, 1998
Nominated by Mark Swift
Location Tahoe National Forest
Nevada County, California
Coordinates N 39° 23.149' W 120° 36.743' (view using Google Maps)
N 39° 23' 09" W 120° 36' 45"
N 39.385814° W 120.612375°
Elevation 7,653 ft (2,333 m)
Built 1923
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Yuba River Ranger District


One of the six remaining 4AR cabs in California (see Zephyr Point), Grouse Ridge Lookout was constructed in 1923 on the Tahoe National Forest. Unusual characteristics of the 14’ x 14’ cab include a steep 12/12 pitch roof and five windows per wall. This design was a forerunner of the popular L-4 model.


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Visit Reports

July 11, 2009: Jack Piccinini


Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? No Response
Good condition? Yes
Comments: You can see where people have tried to get into it so it has some damage. Some maintenance now would be good before it gets to hard to keep it in shape.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? The site is heavily visited as it is near camp sites and day use trails. The Bowman Lake Rd off of Hwy 20 is paved so the first 6.5 miles (from the highway) is nice and easy. The second leg is five miles on the Grouse Ridge Road, which while is bumpy, is nonetheless easily traveled by 2 wheel drive. The site seems to be in use for some radio equipment, but otherwise is un-staffed. Great Views - wait until you see where the bathroom is!


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? Yes
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes