Soldier Mountain Lookout
US 1348, CA 171
Soldier Mountain Lookout

Soldier Mountain Lookout - courtesy of Fred Johnson

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1348, CA 171 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered October 26, 2019
Nominated by Brad Eells
Location Shasta County, California
Coordinates N 41° 04.455' W 121° 33.771' (view using Google Maps)
N 41° 04' 27" W 121° 33' 46"
N 41.074244° W 121.562850°
Elevation 5,454 ft (1,662 m)
Built 1974
Administered by California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection - Shasta-Trinity Unit (Cal Fire SHU)


The subject building replaced a CCC era lookout in 1974-75. The use of steel columns for these short towers started with the erection of the Fredonyer Peak Lookout. There are only 5 lookouts that are based on this plan. This tower uses angle iron and steel rods for cross bracing, steel I-beams are used for the caps. The interior walls are unfinished, with the tower framing exposed. The corrugated aluminum siding is fastened directly to the tower framing, there is no insulation. A small partition has been constructed around part of the bathroom facilities. The cab for this lookout is the standard 732-6A design. The lookout is slightly off the cardinal points. This lookout features propane appliances and lighting.

The lookout station is located upon a prominent mountain peak near the eastern edge of the Shasta division of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. There are no other facilities at this site. The vegetation immediately around the lookout is brush, with cedar, fir, pine and brush located just off the summit. The site is open to the public, being about 10 miles from paved road.


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2008 - courtesy of Ron Kemnow