Woods Ridge Lookout
US 1187, CA 118

Photo courtesy of Bill Luedeke

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1187, CA 118 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered April 24, 2017
Nominated by Bill Luedeke
Location Stanislaus National Forest
Tuolumne County, California
Coordinates N 37° 57.546' W 119° 58.135' (view using Google Maps)
N 37° 57' 33" W 119° 58' 08"
N 37.959096° W 119.968914°
Elevation 6,014 ft (1,833 m)
Built 1939
Administered by U.S. Forest Service


Woods Ridge Lookout is a 100' Aermotor with a 7'x7' cab. It was built by the CCC in 1939. As of 2017, the tower is standing but is not in use.

Groveland Ranger District, 5,999' elevation. The CCC built Woods Ridge Lookout in 1939. The tower is 100 feet tall with a 7-foot square observation cab. The Aeromotor Company designed both the cab and tower. The steel lookout replaced a treetop lookout built by the Forest Service in 1913 as a crow's nest at the top of a 100' yellow pine that had been donated by the West Side Lumber Co. A residence and garage are at the lookout site. Woods Ridge has not been staffed since the 1970s. Along with Duckwall, this is one of the two tallest lookouts in California. 


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100 foot tree platform - 1938

100 foot tree platform - 1938 - courtesy of Stanislaus National Forest Archive - Les Cuff

BC-201 Residence Cabin - 1943

BC-201 Residence Cabin - 1943 - courtesy of Stanislaus National Forest Archive