Hi Mountain Lookout
US 522, CA 57

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 522, CA 57 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered July 22, 2003
Nominated by Kathleen Phelps, District Ranger, Santa Lucia RD
Location Los Padres National Forest
San Luis Obispo County, California
Coordinates N 35° 15.602' W 120° 25.508' (view using Google Maps)
N 35° 15' 36" W 120° 25' 31"
N 35.260030° W 120.425140°
Elevation 3,129 ft (954 m)
Built 1961
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Santa Lucia Ranger District


Hi Mountain Lookout on the Los Padres National Forest is a bird watcher’s mecca, specifically the rare California condor. The first lookout on the site went into service in 1926, and was replaced in 1961 by the durable CL-100 steel cab with catwalk and flat roof on a 10’ concrete block base. No longer used for fire detection but located within a condor sanctuary, the lookout was adopted by Morro Coast Audubon Society in cooperation with several other groups. Fully restored, the structure now has solar power lights, a pump and propane stove and refrigerator and is used by volunteers and staff supporting the “Condor Watch at Hi Mountain.”


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