South Mount Hawkins Lookout
US 295, CA 28
South Mount Hawkins

South Mount Hawkins - courtesy of the Ron Kemnow Collection

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 295, CA 28 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered October 1, 1998
Nominated by ANFFLA
Location Angeles National Forest
Los Angeles County, California
Coordinates N 34° 18.696' W 117° 48.623' (view using Google Maps)
N 34° 18' 42" W 117° 48' 37"
N 34.311605° W 117.810385°
Elevation 7,791 ft (2,375 m)
Built 1938
Removed 2002
Former Fire Lookout Sites Register US 1770, CA 23
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Angeles National Forest Fire Lookout Association and San Gabriel River Ranger District


Constructed in 1938, South Mount Hawkins Lookout is a C3 14’ x 14’ wooden cab with shutter outriggers, on top of a 30’ treated timber tower. The lookout was refurbished and reopened by volunteers with the Angeles National Forest Fire Lookout Association in September 1999.

Tragically, this tower was destroyed by fire during the “Curve Fire” on September 1st, 2002.

An effort was underway to rebuild the South Mt. Hawkins tower. However, due to the poor (and worsening) condition of the road to the lookout the direction of the project has changed.


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Prior to 2002 destruction by wildfire

Prior to 2002 destruction by wildfire - courtesy of Wikipedia