Sardine Peak Lookout
US 596, CA 67
Sardine Peak Lookout

Sardine Peak Lookout

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 596, CA 67 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered September 21, 2004
Nominated by Kathy Allison
Location Tahoe National Forest
Sierra County, California
Coordinates N 39° 32.403' W 120° 11.272' (view using Google Maps)
N 39° 32' 24" W 120° 11' 16"
N 39.540050° W 120.187870°
Elevation 8,135 ft (2,480 m)
Built 1935
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Sierraville Ranger District
Available for Rental Yes, learn more


The first structure at Sardine Point Lookout was 4-A cab on an enclosed wood tower built in 1915. The current 14’x14’ C-3 cab on an enclosed 17’ tower was constructed in 1935 by the CCC on the Tahoe National Forest.

Sardine Peak with refurbished in 2009 and is available for public rental.


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Visit Reports

October 23, 2010: Jack Piccinini


Needs paint? No Response
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes
Comments: This LO is listed as a rental, however, work has never been completed to get it to that point. There was a fresh pile of lumber and it appears work continues, but by whom I am not sure. Based on a notice posted, funding seems to be a issue to get the work done. Early snow as hit the area and I doubt much work will be completed before this winter hits. Therefore I doubt it will be available for as rental anytime soon.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? Access is good and well marked. From Truckee Calif go North on Hwy 89 13 miles to Heness Pass Rd, AKA CO Road S-450 and turn Right (east); From Sierraville, it’s 9 miles South on Hwy 89 to the Co. Road S-450 turn off. From there, follow the signs. From Hwy 89 it’s about 12 miles to the lookout. It’s all dirt/gravel road. Most of it very good, some of it a bit rough, but nonetheless easily traveled by 2 wheel drive low clearance vehicles. An Iron gate will force you to park and walk the last quarter mile. Views are awesome. You’ll see the Sierra Buttes, Sierra Valley to the North/West; Truckee to the North. The East views were impaired when I was there.


Staffed? No
Babbitt Peak, 6 miles to the north east is staffed

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No Response
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes
I would imagine they may be looking for help to get the work done to become a rental.