Smith Peak Lookout
US 1188, CA 119

Photo courtesy of Bill Luedeke

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1188, CA 119 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered April 24, 2017
Nominated by Bill Luedeke
Location Stanislaus National Forest
Tuolumne County, California
Coordinates N 37° 48.047' W 120° 06.052' (view using Google Maps)
N 37° 48' 03" W 120° 06' 03"
N 37.800776° W 120.100860°
Elevation 3,878 ft (1,182 m)
Administered by U.S. Forest Service


This lookout features an exterior wrap-around walkway and is regularly staffed by Forest Service employees.

Groveland Ranger District, 3,877' elevation. By 1910, Smith Peak, two miles from the Groveland Ranger Station, was used as a fire lookout. Smith Peak was selected as an administrative site in 1931, and soon after a wooden lookout tower was built. In 1952, a metal lookout tower was constructed, along with a garage. The tower burned down in the 1987 Stanislaus Complex Fire, and was replaced in 1988. Smith Peak is used every summer as one of the two staffed fire lookouts on the Groveland District. (Stanislaus National Forest)


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1943 - courtesy of Stanislaus National Forest Archive