Red Mountain Lookout (Del Norte County)
US 1385, CA 208
Red Mountain Lookout - 2018

Red Mountain Lookout - 2018 - courtesy of Del Norte County Fire Safe Council

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1385, CA 208 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered November 27, 2019
Nominated by Brad Eells
Location Six Rivers National Forest
Del Norte County, California
Coordinates N 41° 31.455' W 123° 54.483' (view using Google Maps)
N 41° 31' 27" W 123° 54' 29"
N 41.524246° W 123.908050°
Elevation 4,260 ft (1,298 m)
Built 1951
Administered by California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection - Humboldt-Del Norte Unit (Cal Fire HUU)
Cooperators US Forest Service - Six Rivers National Forest


The 809R lookout station design is believed to be exclusive to CDF. The subject facility has undergone few changes since its construction. Working plans were not located for this specific building but the structure conforms to the standard (revised) 809R working plan. The exceptions are: steel fire escape ladder with steel trap door through the catwalk (located on the north side of the tower), aluminum siding, composition roofing and the traditional wooden, hinged garage doors have been removed from the protruding entry annex. Like its peers, the cab's windows are set on an angle and steel columns (mullions) are in place for added structural strength. There are only six (6) late style 30' 809R towers in existence.

Red Mountain is a broad, north-south tending ridge located within the Six Rivers National Forest. The area around the fire lookout is covered with low growing brush and small, regrowth pine and fir. The site is accessible to the public, being some 6 miles from the nearest paved roads. The multi-use nature of this location ( several communications vaults, radio towers and microwave facilities) are the only significant detractors from the overall integrity of this property. (MVT)

Red Mountain is staffed during the fire season.


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Osborne Fire-Finder

Osborne Fire-Finder - courtesy of Del Norte Fire Safe Council

Sunset View

Sunset View - courtesy of Del Norte Fire Safe Council


2009 - courtesy of Ron Kemnow