Mount Elizabeth Lookout
US 1186, CA 117
Mount Elizabeth Lookout

Mount Elizabeth Lookout - courtesy of Mike Shevlin

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1186, CA 117 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered April 24, 2017
Nominated by Bill Luedeke
Location Stanislaus National Forest
Tuolumne County, California
Coordinates N 38° 03.782' W 120° 14.848' (view using Google Maps)
N 38° 03' 47" W 120° 14' 51"
N 38.063033° W 120.247467°
Elevation 4,931 ft (1,503 m)
Built 1961
Administered by U.S. Forest Service


The current Mount Elizabeth Lookout is a USFS National Plan CL-100 on a 55 foot K-Brace steel tower. The structure was built and put in service in 1961, replacing an earlier structure.

The previous structure was a 40' steel tower has a 7'x7' cab. It was built in 1931 to replace a 1925 60' windmill-type tower with a flat unroofed platform.

Mount Elizabeth is staffed daily during fire season by the Forest Service.

Mi-Wok Ranger District, 4,939' were two historic lookout towers on Mt. Elizabeth. The original tower, in existence at least by 1925, was a "windmill type" tower 60' high with a flat, unroofed was also a small cabin nearby. The second historic lookout, constructed in 1931, consisted of a 7' x 7' cab atop a steel tower. wooden residence was located adjacent to the tower. The historic lookout no longer exists and has been replaced by a live-in cab atop a 55' steel tower with a catwalk. Mt. Elizabeth is still used today as a fire lookout. (Stanislaus National Forest)


Change Basemap


Fire-finder and sighting scope

Fire-finder and sighting scope - courtesy of Ron Kemnow

Road to the top

Road to the top - courtesy of Mike Shevlin


1943 - courtesy of National Archives


1931 - courtesy of Ola Zimmerman