McCarthy Point Lookout

National Campground
  • Cabins


McCarthy Point Lookout was constructed in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps for use in spotting wildfires. During World War II, the lookout served as part of an aircraft defense monitoring system that extended throughout California. The lookout is accessible by vehicle, but a high-clearance vehicle is recommended. Guests must walk approximately 1,000 feet along a paved trail to reach the lookout from the parking area. This is a high cliff area, so caution is advised. The cabin offers several creature comforts, but guests may need to bring some supplies and gear for their stay. The scenic views and remote location make McCarthy Point Lookout an ideal retreat. All users must contact the Almanor Ranger District at (530) 258-2141 to obtain lock and access information Potable water is not available at the cabin; guests will need to bring their own. Bears and other wildlife are common in the area, so practice bear-safe food storage. Please pack out all trash. Firearms are not permitted in the area. Trailers and RVs are not permitted at the site.

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  • BBQ
  • Fire Pit
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Picnic Table
  • Restroom

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McCarthy Point Lookout


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