Martis Peak Lookout
US 277, CA 12
Martis Peak Lookout - 2010

Martis Peak Lookout - 2010 - courtesy of Ron Kemnow

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 277, CA 12 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered October 8, 1998
Nominated by Mark Swift
Location Tahoe National Forest
Placer County, California
Coordinates N 39° 17.533' W 120° 02.082' (view using Google Maps)
N 39° 17' 32" W 120° 02' 05"
N 39.292215° W 120.034707°
Elevation 8,617 ft (2,626 m)
Built 1914
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Truckee Ranger District


Built by the U.S. Forest Service in 1914 on a high point north of Lake Tahoe, Martis Peak Lookout is the only remaining example of a transition design. Its unusual 12’ x 14’ dimensions require a short 2’ section of gable roof. In 1917 the 4A 14’ x 14’ style cab with pyramid roof became the standard for Region 5. Deactivated in the late 1970s and badly vandalized by the mid-1990s, the lookout was restored by volunteers and the Calif. Department of Forestry and the Tahoe National Forest. It is again staffed five days a week, with weekends covered by volunteers.


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Photo courtesy of National Archive