Mills Peak Lookout
US 602, CA 73

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 602, CA 73 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered September 21, 2004
Nominated by Kathy Allison
Location Plumas National Forest
Sierra County, California
Coordinates N 39° 42.290' W 120° 37.373' (view using Google Maps)
N 39° 42' 17" W 120° 37' 22"
N 39.704830° W 120.622880°
Elevation 7,342 ft (2,238 m)
Built 1933
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Beckwourth Ranger District


Located on the Beckwourth Ranger District of the Plumas National Forest, the first Mills Peak Lookout was an L-4 ground house (unusual for California) constructed in 1933. Mills Peak LO was recently restored and reactivated for fire detection in 2005.


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Visit Reports

October 16, 2009: Jack Piccinini


Needs paint? No Response
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes
Comments: this is a Staffed lookout and is in good condition

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No
Comments: Nice lookout with great views to the North, East and into the Graeagle Valley, Protola, Sierraville Valley and the Gold Lake. Views to the West and south somewhat limited by mountain ranges.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? They don’t get any easier to get to! Off of Hwy 49 at Bassetts or off of Hwy 89 near Graegle is the Gold Lake Hwy. This is an easy, smooth, paved road. About 10 miles from either end brings you to the Mills Peak Road. Then, just 3 miles of good condition dirt/gravel road to the tower. Nothing steep and the entire route can be done by a car. The site has high visitor volume as there are very accessible mountain resorts and recreational lakes in the area. That coupled with the ease of getting to the tower makes it a popular visitor destination. (Until it snows)


Staffed? Yes
The tower had just been shut down for the winter the week before this visit.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No Response
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No Response