Two Rock Lookout
US 1398, CA 221
Two Rock Lookout - 1986

Two Rock Lookout - 1986 - courtesy of Cal Fire Museum - Bob Foley Collection

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1398, CA 221 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered February 2, 2020
Nominated by Brad Eells
Location Private Land
Mendocino County, California
Coordinates N 39° 21.645' W 123° 26.710' (view using Google Maps)
N 39° 21' 39" W 123° 26' 43"
N 39.360757° W 123.445166°
Elevation 2,730 ft (832 m)
Built 1966
Administered by California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection - Mendocino Unit (Cal Fire MEU)


The 809R lookout station design on an enclosed 30 foot steel tower is believed to be exclusive to CDF. The subject facility has undergone few changes since its construction. Working plans were not located for this specific building but the structure conforms to the standard 809R working plan with the following exceptions: steel fire escape ladder with steel trap door through the catwalk (located on the west side of the tower) , metal exterior doors, aluminum sliding windows, and composition roofing all added. The traditional, shed roof addition (garage door) tower entry is absent. Because of the tower's late construction date (relative to this design type) some of these deviations from the standard working plan may have been incorporated at the time of erection. There are only nine 30' 809R towers still left in existence.

Two Rock's summit features two rocky outcroppings spaced about an 1/8 of a mile apart. The lookout is on the southeast point. The station is surrounded by brush, oak and Douglas fir vegetation types interspersed with large meadow areas. The site is not accessible to the public, being 3.2 miles from the nearest paved road; 3.1 miles behind a locked gate. The tower is closed due to funding constraints. (MVT 10/91)

Two Rock was permanently closed in 1994. The land and structure were returned to the private property owner from whom the land was leased.


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Two Rock cabin interior with Osborn Fire-Finder

Two Rock cabin interior with Osborn Fire-Finder - courtesy of Cal Fire Museum - Bob Foley Collection

July 2018 Satellite Image

July 2018 Satellite Image - courtesy of Brad Eells