Red Mountain Lookout (San Diego County)
US 755, CA 86

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 755, CA 86 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered December 16, 2008
Nominated by Brad Eells
Location San Diego County, California
Coordinates N 33° 24.019' W 117° 11.456' (view using Google Maps)
N 33° 24' 01" W 117° 11' 27"
N 33.400310° W 117.190930°
Elevation 1,608 ft (490 m)
Built 1973
Administered by California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Cooperators Cal Fire San Diego Unit


The first lookout on Red Mountain near the Mexican border was built by the state in 1921, and replaced by the CCC in the 1930s with an L-4 cab on a 10’ wooden tower. The current 15’x15’ R5/C3 cab on a 10’ enclosed tower was built by CDF in 1973 and staffed until 1977. The structure now houses radio equipment.


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Red Mountain Lookout - Mid 1040's

Red Mountain Lookout - Mid 1040's - courtesy of The Barbara Bradford Collection