Tomhead Mountain Lookout
US 1364, CA 187
Tomhead Mountain Lookout 2005

Tomhead Mountain Lookout 2005 - courtesy of

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1364, CA 187 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered October 28, 2019
Nominated by Brad Eells
Location Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Tehama County, California
Coordinates N 40° 08.195' W 122° 49.027' (view using Google Maps)
N 40° 08' 12" W 122° 49' 02"
N 40.136585° W 122.817122°
Elevation 6,761 ft (2,061 m)
Built 1939
Administered by US Forest Service - Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Cooperators US Forest Service - Shasta-Trinity National Forest


Tomhead Mountain Lookout is a California Region 5 Plan BC-301 cabin on a 20 foot steel tower. 

The lookout survived the September 2019 South Fire, the building were wrapped to prevent damage.


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Tomhead Mtn survived the 2019 South Fire

Tomhead Mtn survived the 2019 South Fire - courtesy of Stewart Turner


2009 - courtesy of Ron Kemnow

Photo courtesy of Harrison Gutch Ranger Station

South Fire image from Tomhead Lookout - September 2019

South Fire image from Tomhead Lookout - September 2019 - courtesy of Inciweb

Visit Reports

July 4, 1973: John Wilson


Needs paint? Not Applicable
Shutters OK? Not Applicable
Condition of wood OK? Not Applicable
Stairs OK? Not Applicable
Glass intact? Not Applicable
Good condition? No

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? Unsure

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted?
Directions to tower signed?
Comments? Accessed by a long, dusty dirt road in 1973.


Staffed? Sometimes
I was the Forestry Service Lookout at Tomhead in the summer of 1973. That lookout was shut down after I left. In 1974, the forest that I watched over burned. I loved being there in 73. I spotted two fires but both were out of the U.S. Forest, down toward Corning. I wish they, the fires, had been in Yolla Bolly Forest and contained. Then maybe I would have kept on being a lookout for a long time and other foresters would have succeeded me. I loved it.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? Unsure
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Unsure