Oak Flat Lookout

Lake Isabella, CA
National Campground
  • Cabins


The Oak Flat Lookout sits the Greenhorn Mountains in the Sequoia National Forest and Sequoia National Monument, about an hour from Bakersfield, California. Perched at an elevation of 4,900 feet, the tower overlooks the scenic Kern River and Kern River Valley and has panoramic views of the mountains, river and valley. Oak Flat Lookout was constructed in 1934 to provide fire detection views along the Kern River Canyon. In the early years of the Forest Service, lookouts provided a crucial link in wild land management, often being the only source of communication and fire detection for many miles. The lookout was operational until the 1980s. There is no electricity or water in the lookout. All provisions, including food, water and bedding, must be carried up 40 steep steps to the tower space or pulled hand-over-hand in a small basket pulley system. Due to steep terrain, 4 wheel drive vehicles required. There is no electricity or running water at the tower All provisions, including food, water and bedding, must be hauled up hand-over-hand in a basket pulley system or carried up 40 steep stairs. The vault toilet is 100 yards away from the tower. Children under 18 are not allowed in the lookout except under the direct supervision of a parent or guardian. Pets allowed but large dogs are not recommended due to the steep staircase. For additional information you may contact the Kern River Ranger District, Lake Isabella Visitor Center Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at 760-379-5646, or the Kernville Ranger Station to Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at 760-376-3781. The weather can change suddenly and there is usually a strong wind blowing at Oak Flat, so bring adequate warm clothes Guests should pack a flashlight. Guests might want to bring firewood for a campfire. Guests should contact the Ranger District before arrival to confirm that there are no conditions, such as road closures, that might affect their visit Be sure to lock all gates and doors prior to your departure Guests must clean out the cabin and pack out all trash.


  • Fire Pit
  • Picnic Table
  • Restroom

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Oak Flat Lookout


P.O. Box 3810, Lake Isabella, California, 93240