Morton Peak Lookout
US 673, CA 78

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 673, CA 78 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered July 27, 2006
Nominated by Jeff Palmquist, lookout leader
Location San Bernardino National Forest
San Bernardino County, California
Coordinates N 34° 06.167' W 117° 02.450' (view using Google Maps)
N 34° 06' 10" W 117° 02' 27"
N 34.102780° W 117.040830°
Elevation 4,593 ft (1,400 m)
Built 1934/1960
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Southern California Mountains Foundation - Fire Lookout Host Program

Description

The lookout on Morton Peak is located in the foothills looking up into the fire-prone San Bernardino Mountains. Built in 1934, the original cabin was destroyed in a 1959 wildfire, the tower was rebuilt in 1960 with a 14’x14’ CL-100 metal cab with flat corrugated roof and metal catwalk.

A gradual increase in smog lessened the visibility from the lookout and it was abandoned in the 1970s. In 2001 it was restored by volunteers from the San Bernardino National Forest Association and returned to active service by volunteer observers. Although staffed daily during fire season, it is also available for rental in the evenings and nights.

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Photos

Morton Peak Lookout Guards Mill Creek -  May 10, 1961

Morton Peak Lookout Guards Mill Creek - May 10, 1961 - courtesy of Redlands Daily Facts

700 Battle Fire at Morton Peak

700 Battle Fire at Morton Peak - courtesy of San Pedro News-Pilot

New Lookout House For Morton Peak - April 13, 1960

New Lookout House For Morton Peak - April 13, 1960 - courtesy of Redlands Daily Facts