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Fire Lookouts

Fire Lookouts in the Angeles National Forest
Lookout Mountain fire lookout tower
Lookout Mt. (6812') (1915-1927)
Following the Great Fire of 1910 which consumed three million acres in Washington, Idaho, and Montana, thousands of fire lookout towers where built throughout the U.S. over the following decades. There were 19 built in the Angeles National Forest.

With South Mount Hawkins burning down in September 2002 and Vetter Mountain burning down in September 2009, there are no active fire lookout towers left in the Angeles.

ANFFLA iconVisit the Angeles National Forest Fire Lookout Association to learn more about their work.

Other Fire Lookouts Links

Vetter Mountain (5908') - Angeles National Forest
Vetter Mountain Fire Lookout Vetter Mountain Fire Lookout

6-23-01 - My daughter Christa and I made this easy 3-mile-round-trip hike to one of the last two remaining fire lookouts in the Angeles National Forest at the time.
The Vetter Mountain Fire Lookout was destroyed in the 2009 Station Fire, along with a third of the Angeles National Forest.

South Mount Hawkins (7783') - Angeles National Forest
South Mount Hawkins Fire Lookout 9-2-12 - I hiked to the historic fire lookout on the 10th anniversary of it being burned down by the Curve Fire, Labor Day Sunday.

View my blog posts:
blogspot Curve Fire Remember 10 Years Later
blogspot Hawkins Ridge Hike - September 2-3, 2012

View my Hawkins Ridge Hike photo album for more photos - 130 photos with captions on my Google+ site (Sept. 2-3, 2012)

South Mount Hawkins Fire Lookout

South Mount Hawkins Fire Lookout
South Mount Hawkins Fire Lookout
South Mount Hawkins Fire Lookout before it burned down in Sept 2002.
Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia

Johnstone Peak (3178') - Angeles National Forest
Johnstone Peak Fire Lookout 9-27-13 on display at the Los Angeles County Fair - This restored lookout tower was moved from Johnstone Peak in Angeles Natonal Forest above San Dimas where it stood from 1934 to 1992. Today Johnston Peak lies within the San Dimas Experimental Forest and is off limits to the public.
Johnstone Peak
Johnstone Peak Fire Lookout    Johnstone Peak Fire Lookout

Sunset Peak (5796') - Angeles National Forest
Sunset Peak Fire Lookout Sunset Peak Fire Lookout was built in 1927 and stood until the 1970s. The photo on the left is courtesy of John Robinson via Peakbagging.com. The other pics are from my hike on April 13, 2008. See my Sunset Peak hike description.

Sunset Peak
View north from Sunset Peak    Sunset Fire Lookout footer 1927

Mt. Islip
Lookout tower footers on Mount Islip
Other Fire Lookouts in the Angeles National Forest

Here are some other sites of fire lookout towers I've hiked to in the San Gabriels:

Castro Peak (2824') - Santa Monica Mountains
Castro Peak Fire Lookout at Henninger Flat You can visit this tower by taking a 5.4-mile-round-trip hike to Henninger Flats (2550') above Altadena. 2-15-10 on display at Henninger Flats in the San Gabriel Mountains - This lookout tower was moved from Castro Peak in the Santa Monica Mountains where it stood from 1925 to 1971.
Castro Peak Fire Lookout at Henninger Flat   Castro Peak Fire Lookout at Henninger Flat

Slide Mountain (4631') - Los Padres National Forest
Slide Mountain Fire Lookout ANFFLA
May 23, 2011 - Photo borrowed from Angeles National Forest Fire Lookout Association - This is the last remaining active fire lookout tower serviced by the Angeles National Forest Fire Lookout Association (ANFFLA), even though it's actually located in the Los Padres National Forest.
I've not yet visited it but I snapped this blurry, zoomed-in picture while driving on the I-5 near Pyrmid Lake (12-23-11).

Slide Mountain Fire Lookout

The tower was built in 1969 and requires a 11-mile-round-trip hike to get to it.

Stawberry Peak (6153') - San Bernardino National Forest
Stawberry Peak Fire Lookout Stawberry Peak Fire Lookout

7-24-01 - I visited this classic fire lookout in Twin Peaks near Lake Arrowhead, San Bernardino National Forest. My ascent wasn't actually a hike (note my van on the left) since it is an easy drive to the top.

Stawberry Peak Fire LookoutLooking south. The thick haze in the valleys below, typical of the Southern California summers, obscures the cities below.

For informaiton about visiting the seven active fire lookout towers in the San Bernardino National Forest, go to Mountains Foundation.org

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