Mount Harkness Lookout
US 516, CA 54
Mount Harkness Lookout - 2009

Mount Harkness Lookout - 2009 - courtesy of National Park Service

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 516, CA 54 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered May 29, 2003
Nominated by Mark Swift
Location Lassen National Park
Plumas County, California
Coordinates N 40° 25.927' W 121° 17.999' (view using Google Maps)
N 40° 25' 56" W 121° 17' 60"
N 40.432120° W 121.299980°
Elevation 7,985 ft (2,434 m)
Built 1931
Removed 2021 (Dixie Fire)
Administered by National Park Service
Cooperators National Park Service


The National Park Service has fewer than 40 lookouts, but those they have are for the most part of a rustic design and well maintained. Mount Harkness Lookout on the Lassen National Park has been in active service since it was built in 1931. The classic 15’x15’ cab with log catwalk and railings is atop a 15’ stone tower with stairs of split logs.

Mount Harkness was reported lost as a casualty of the Dixie Fire on August 8, 2021.


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September 2020

September 2020 - courtesy of Vickie Lamoureux

Photo courtesy of The Ron Kemnow Collection

Under construction - 1931

Under construction - 1931 - courtesy of National Park Service

August 2021

August 2021