Thorn Point Lookout
US 308, CA 36
Thorne Point Lookout - 2011

Thorne Point Lookout - 2011 - courtesy of Zhirkhan

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 308, CA 36 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered April 21, 1999
Nominated by Mark Swift
Location Los Padres National Forest
Ventura County, California
Coordinates N 34° 36.379' W 119° 07.686' (view using Google Maps)
N 34° 36' 23" W 119° 07' 41"
N 34.606325° W 119.128103°
Elevation 6,796 ft (2,071 m)
Built 1933
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Mt. Pinos Ranger District


One of five lookouts remaining on the Mt. Pinos Ranger District of the Los Padres National Forest on the southern California coast, Thorn Point Lookout dates from 1933. The 14' x 14' L-4 cab with catwalk on a 20' H-braced tower is in near-original condition with an early telephone intact.

During World War II it was staffed 24 hours a day and a ground cabin was added for the off-duty observer during 12-hour shifts. Located within the Sespe Wilderness near the Condor Sanctuary, the lookout has been used as a condor monitoring station.


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Thorne Point Lookout - 1940

Thorne Point Lookout - 1940 - courtesy of the Los Padres National Forest

AWS Cabin - 2019

AWS Cabin - 2019 - courtesy of Lost in the Los Padres

Thorne Point Cab - 2019

Thorne Point Cab - 2019 - courtesy of Lost in the Los Padres