Pike County Peak Lookout
US 1374, CA 197
Pike County Peak Lookout - 2009

Pike County Peak Lookout - 2009 - courtesy of Ron Kemnow

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1374, CA 197 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered October 30, 2019
Nominated by Brad Eells
Location Plumas National Forest
Yuba County, California
Coordinates N 39° 28.490' W 121° 12.140' (view using Google Maps)
N 39° 28' 29" W 121° 12' 08"
N 39.474833° W 121.202327°
Elevation 3,443 ft (1,049 m)
Built Relocated 1983
Administered by US Forest Service - Plumas National Forest


Pike County Peak was originally part of the Tahoe National Forest.

Desiring to locate a lookout station at Pike's Peak and no funds being available for the erection of a tower, the Forest Service officials decided to utilize an immense pine which stands on the crest and overtops all surrounding timber.  Nearly 80 feet from the ground the branches were thinned out and a stout circular platform built entirely around the trunk, it having a width of about 8 feet.  A perpendicular ladder built against the tree extends from the ground to the platform. (Morning Union 1913)

A permanent structure was completed by 1923. The current structure, a National Plan CL-100 design with a 13x13 cabin and 20 foot steel tower was located on Lexington Hill. The structure was dismantled and re-erected on Pike County Peak in 1983.

Pike County Peak Lookout was actively detecting fires in 2019.


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2006 - courtesy of Fred Johnson

Circa 1913

Circa 1913 - courtesy of USFS Image - Mark Swift Collection