Girard Ridge Lookout

National Campground
  • Cabins


Girard Ridge Lookout was constructed in 1931 and used by the Forest Service on a regular basis until 1981. It is one of the few remaining historic lookouts on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. The structure at Girard Ridge is reportedly the oldest lookout of its particular design remaining in California. It was restored to its original character in 1997. The lookout offers primitive accommodations, but visitors are rewarded with panoramic views of the mountains during the day and bright, starry skies at night. Staying at Girard Ridge Lookout is an unforgettable experience. Maximum capacity is four people. Renter must obtain gate combination by calling (530) 964-2184 1 week prior to arrival. Smoking is prohibited inside the lookout, but is allowed in vehicles or areas cleared of flammable material. The dirt roads leading to Girard Ridge. Lookout are at times steep and narrow; high clearance vehicles are recommended. The access roads to the lookout run primarily through private timberlands and log truck traffic should be expected.

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  • Fire Pit
  • Picnic Table
  • Restroom

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Girard Ridge Lookout


PO BOX 1620, MCCLOUD, California, 96057