Pine Hill Lookout
US 1283, CA 125

Photo courtesy of Michael Guerin

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1283, CA 125 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered July 30, 2018
Nominated by Michael Guerin
Location Pine Hill Preserve
El Dorado County, California
Coordinates N 38° 43.229' W 120° 59.426' (view using Google Maps)
N 38° 43' 14" W 120° 59' 26"
N 38.720476° W 120.990427°
Elevation 2,059 ft (628 m)
Built 1936
Administered by California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection


Constructed by the CCC, this lookout has a BC-301 cab atop an L-701 tower. There were major tower revisions in 1972. The lookout is no longer actively used for fire detection, but is used as a site for repeaters used by CalFire (formerly CDF) and other agencies. It maintains its form and design integrity. Additional massive radio towers dwarf the lookout. A 2,000 gallon concrete water storage tank is on the west side of the lookout. In 1977 CDF announced intentions to dispose of the site as surplus. Several endangered plants were native to the site. In 1979 the property was transferred to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and with surrounding property owned by the county and the US Bureau of Land Management, the Pine Hill Preserve was established.


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