Pilot Peak Lookout
US 600, CA 71
August 2003 photo

August 2003 photo - courtesy of Steve Hentschel (US Forest Service)

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 600, CA 71 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered September 21, 2004
Nominated by Kathy Allison
Location Plumas National Forest
Plumas County, California
Coordinates N 39° 46.993' W 120° 52.134' (view using Google Maps)
N 39° 46' 60" W 120° 52' 08"
N 39.783220° W 120.868900°
Elevation 7,412 ft (2,259 m)
Built 1976
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Feather River Ranger District


The honor for NHLR listing #600 goes to Pilot Peak Lookout on the Feather River district of the Plumas National Forest. The structure is a two story, hexagonal cab with unique flying buttress supports for the overhang designed by USFS Architect Robert Sandusky. The first cabin on the site, built in 1916, was a 4A groundhouse, which was extensively reconstructed by the CCC in 1935. When vandals burned the lookout in 1971, the agency selected the site for this unique prototype in 1976. It was also the first Forest Service lookout to be solar powered.


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Visit Reports

July 3, 2007: Jack Piccinini


Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? No Response
Condition of wood OK? No Response
Stairs OK? No Response
Glass intact? No Response
Good condition? No Response
Comments: Stairs unsafe and some missing. All bearwood Structure badly weathered.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No
Comments? No sign if eastbound on the Quincy LaPorte rd. No sign on the forest rd at the Y to go to the tower. The Quincy LaPort Rd. is a GREAT paved road easy to travel. The last 1.5 mile forest road is dirt and can be driven by 2X2 vehicle. The Last .5 miles is steep and 4X4 required. Nice hike ohterwise.


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? Yes
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes