Tahquitz Peak Lookout
|Registry Numbers||US 291, CA 24 (view other lookouts in United States, California)|
|Date Registered||October 1, 1998|
|Nominated by||San Jacinto Ranger District|
San Bernardino National Forest
Riverside County, California
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)|
|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.
Sunset at Tahquitz Peak
Photo courtesy of Brad Eells
California Plan 4A Cabin - 1917
Under Construction - 1917
|Shutters OK?||Not Applicable|
|Condition of wood OK?||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|
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|