Tahquitz Peak Lookout
US 291, CA 24
Tahquitz Peak Lookout

Tahquitz Peak Lookout - courtesy of Brad Eells

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 291, CA 24 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered October 1, 1998
Nominated by San Jacinto Ranger District
Location San Bernardino National Forest
Riverside County, California
Coordinates N 33° 45.310' W 116° 40.607' (view using Google Maps)
N 33° 45' 19" W 116° 40' 36"
N 33.755160° W 116.676790°
Elevation 8,752 ft (2,668 m)
Built 1937
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Forest Lookout Hosts, Southern California Mountains Foundation, and San Jacinto Ranger District


Located within the popular San Jacinto Wilderness on the ldyllwild Ranger District, Tahquitz Peak Lookout is both an important fire detection facility and a hiking destination with expansive views of the Sonoran Desert to the east, and the Los Angeles basin to the west. It is a 20’ enclosed timber tower with R5 14’ x 14’ wooden cab. Built in 1937, it was the last active lookout n the San Bernardino National Forest when it was deactivated. Restored in 1998, it returned to service in October and is staffed seven days a week by Fire Lookout Host volunteers.

The original structure, a California Region 5 Plan 4A was constructed at a lower site on the mountain in 1917 by the Cleveland National Forest, but eventually was relocated to the top of the peak before being replaced by the current lookout.


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Sunset at Tahquitz Peak

Sunset at Tahquitz Peak - courtesy of Brad Eells

Photo courtesy of Brad Eells

Osborne Fire-Finder

Osborne Fire-Finder

California Plan 4A Cabin - 1917

California Plan 4A Cabin - 1917 - courtesy of Cleveland National Forest Archive

Under Construction - 1917

Under Construction - 1917 - courtesy of Cleveland National Forest Archive

Visit Reports

October 8, 2017: Carrie Ann Davis


Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? Not Applicable
Condition of wood OK? No
Stairs OK? No
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? No
Comments: Stairs need repair. Rotten wood on the suppports and has major paint peeling. Still a really neat place to visit. Needs some TLC to keep safe.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No Response
Directions to tower signed? Yes


Staffed? Yes
Educated volunteer Florian was able to explain the mountain peaks surrounding, valleys, history and give us a Squirrel card.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? Unsure
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes